The taliban they assured this Monday that they had “completely captured” the valle de Panshir, where the last resistance forces of Afghanistan, that they replied to keep “strategic positions” and promised to continue the fight.
After his overwhelming victory over government troops in August and the withdrawal from the United States A week ago after 20 years of war, the Taliban sought to quell resistance in the mountainous Panshir Valley, near Kabul.
“With this victory, our country came completely out of the quagmire of war. People will now live in freedom, peace and prosperity, “said the principal spokesperson for the Islamist movement, Zabihullah Mujahid, it’s a statement.
In a subsequent press conference in Kabul, the spokesman warned of new insurgency attempts and called on former members of the armed forces to join the troops of his regime.
“The Islamic Emirate is very sensitive to insurgencies. Anyone who tries to start an insurgency will be firmly attacked. We will not allow another, ”he warned.
An image posted on social media by the Taliban showed their troops in the Panshir province governor’s office.
However the National Resistance Front (FNR), made up of anti-Taliban militias and remnants of the defeated Afghan army, it replied that its troops retain “strategic positions” in the valley.
“The fight against the Taliban and their partners will continue,” they assured.
On the night of Sunday to Monday, the FNR had recognized heavy casualties in fighting over the weekend and called for a ceasefire.
Its forces are made up of local militiamen loyal to Ahmad Masud, son of the famous commander Ahmed Shá Masud who faced the Soviets and the Taliban, and by remnants of the Afghan army who retreated to the Panshir.
The group advocated fighting the Taliban, but left the door open to negotiate with them. The first contacts, however, did not bear fruit.
The Panshir Valley is famous for having resisted the Soviet occupation and the first Taliban government.
Iran, with a wide border with Afghanistan, condemned “firmly” on Monday the Taliban offensive against the Panshir Valley, after weeks in which it had avoided condemning the actions of the new Afghan authorities.
Sex segregation in class
The Taliban are still working on their rulemaking three weeks after entering Kabul in the wake of a swift offensive that analysts say surprised the insurgents themselves.
They repeatedly promised an executive more “inclusive” and representative of ethnic diversity than during their first regime, based on an ultra-rigorous interpretation of Islamic law.
The inclusion of women is highly unlikely. During the first Taliban mandate, their rights were severely compromised, without the possibility of studying, working or going out on their own.
Now, the Taliban education official said Sunday that they will be allowed to go to university if classes are segregated by sex or separated by a curtain.
Students will also need to wear abaya negra (a long veil that covers the whole body) and a nicab that covers the face, but it will not be necessary burka, that she only had a hairnet at eye level.
The assumption of power carries multiple challenges for the Taliban, including the humanitarian needs of a large part of the population that will require international assistance.
The United Nations humanitarian envoy, Martin Griffiths, He came to Kabul to meet with the Taliban command, who promised to help.
“The authorities ensured that the security of humanitarian personnel and humanitarian access to people in need will be guaranteed, and that humanitarian workers (both men and women) will be guaranteed freedom of movement,” said in a statement the UN spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.
Blinken travels to Qatar
The international community is still assimilating the arrival of the new regime and calibrating how to deal with it.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken go this Monday to Qatar, a key player in the Afghan crisis.
This Persian Gulf country, with a major US military base, allowed 55,000 people to stop out of Afghanistan, almost half of those evacuated by Western powers after the fall of Kabul on August 15.
The head of US diplomacy will discuss with his interlocutors the efforts of Qatar and Turkey to reopen the Kabul airport, necessary to deliver humanitarian aid and complete the evacuation of Afghans at risk.
Afterwards, Blinken will travel to the US base in Ramstein (Germany), a temporary refuge for thousands of Afghans on their way to the United States.
Together with his counterpart Heiko Maas, he will participate in a virtual meeting with ministers from 20 countries to address this crisis.