National Resistance Front, led by Ahmad Massoud, says they have seized three Afghan districts - a claim swiftly rejected by the Taliban government.
Iran and the Taliban appeared to have reached some degree of regional understanding. But it turned out to be a short-lived optimism with Tehran showing signs of unease.
In an interview with TRT World, Omar Zakhilwal, who was also Afghanistan’s former finance minister, discusses the Taliban’s diplomatic direction, regional politics and security.
Anti-Taliban forces holed up in northern Panjshir Valley have been defeated and the area is under "complete control" of Taliban, says group spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.
"Final decisions have been taken and we are now working on the technical issues," says Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid after announcing victory in northern Panjshir Valley fighting.
Taliban forces reach Anabah district, some 25 kms north inside 115-km-long valley, says Italian aid agency, which runs a hospital there. Unconfirmed reports suggest Taliban fighters seized other areas too from so-called National Resistance Front.
Districts of Khinj and Unabah have been taken from so-called National Resistance Front, a Taliban spokesperson says, giving Afghanistan's new rulers control of four of province's seven districts.
At least 17 people were killed and 41 others wounded on Friday night in Kabul, local media say, as Taliban fighters fired into air to celebrate victory after rumours that northern Panjshir Valley had fallen.
The Taliban is still battling to extinguish the last flame of resistance in the Panjshir Valley, as rumours spread the valley had fallen but no official claim has been made by the group.
Baradar will be joined by Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of late Taliban co-founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, at senior positions in new government, says Reuters news agency, citing Taliban sources.
A spokesperson for National Resistance Forces, a group loyal to Ahmad Massoud, says fighting occurred on the western entrance to the valley where the Taliban attacked NRF positions.
US President Biden is under increasing pressure to extend an August 31 deadline to pull out American forces, with Britain to lobby at a virtual G7 summit for a longer presence.
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