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Conflicting reports as both Taliban and resistance groups claim victories in Panjshir

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Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces personnel patrol along a road in Rah-e Tang of Panjshir province on August 29, 2021.
Ahmad Sahel Arman/AFPAfghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces personnel patrol along a road in Rah-e Tang of Panjshir province on August 29, 2021.

Both sides claim they have inflicted large casualties on the other, with little verification

Differing accounts have emerged from Afghanistan as both the Taliban and the National Resistance Front claim they are prevailing in the conflict over the country's Panjshir province.

The Taliban issued a statement on Monday claiming they had established total control over the mountainous region. 

However, the NRF disputed these assertations, explaining the resistance groups are still fighting in "strategic positions" throughout Panjshir. The NRF has also promised that "the struggle against the Taliban and their partners will continue," according to AFP.

Although both sides claim they have inflicted large casualties on the other, neither one has come forward with completely verified and confirmed reports. 

In an interview, the National Resistance Front's Head of Foreign Relations, Ali Nazary, confirmed the deaths of General Abdul Wudod Zara and Fahim Dashti. He also explained that the NRF retains control of the main roads.

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An Italian medical NGO, Emergency, providing humanitarian aid to the area explained that Taliban forces had gained ground within Panjshir on Friday, extending up to the village of Anabah. 

Panjshir has been a major flashpoint during the Taliban's sweep of Afghanistan. The region has been called the last holdout of resistance. NRF fighters were operating there against the Taliban under the guidance of Ahmad Massoud, son of famed anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud.