Chief commander of Panjshir resistance forces Saleh Mohammed killed claim Taliban

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The chief commander of the resistance forces in Panjshir Valley, Saleh Mohammed, has been killed by the Taliban amid violent clashes between the two groups.

Chief commander of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF), Saleh Mohammed, has become the second top leader of the anti-Taliban forces to get killed in the clashes after spokesperson Fahim Dashti.

Earlier on Sunday, Fahim Dashti, a close aide of the resistance forces leader Ahmad Massoud was killed during the clashes with the Taliban in Panjshir Valley.

Fahim Dashti had been one of the main sources of updates from the area as the Taliban pressed in on opposition forces, issuing a defiant series of statements on Twitter, vowing that resistance would continue.

On Monday, the Taliban claimed that Saleh Mohammed Raigistani, chief commander of the northern resistance forces has been killed at a time when the Panjshir resistance forces have called for "immediate end of the war" and a ceasefire.

The leader of the Afghan resistance group in the Panjshir valley, Ahmad Massoud, said on Sunday that he welcomed proposals from religious scholars for a negotiated settlement to end the fighting.

Ahmad Massoud, head of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), made the announcement on the group's Facebook page. Earlier, Taliban forces said they had fought their way into the provincial capital of Panjshir after securing the surrounding districts.

The Taliban took control of the rest of Afghanistan three weeks ago, taking power in Kabul on August 15 after the Western-backed government collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

However, the resistance forces comprising personnel of the Afghan military and NRF, locals of Panjshir have been putting up a strong fight against the Taliban.


Source Indiatoday


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