.Panjshir, Afghanistan
Panjshir: Taliban soldiers stand guard in Panjshir province northeastern of Afghanistan. AP/PTI

  • Panjshir fighters are known to have defended their homes first from the Soviet military
  • The high valley enclosed by snow capped peaks came somewhat as an advantage for the defenders
  • On August 30, the Taliban reportedly claimed Panjshir outnumbering the defendants three-to-one

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.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Panjshir: Militiamen loyal to Ahmad Massoud, son of the late Ahmad Shah Massoud, take part in a training exercise, in Panjshir province, northeastern Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (Photo: AP/PTI)

  • Just like the Soviets, Taliban faced resistance from Panjshir-based Northern Alliance 
  • 'Pakistani airstrikes' and  change of strategy seem to have worked in Taliban's favour this time
  • The National Resistance Front could not garner support of US and other Western countries 

.Kabul, Afghanistan
Protest outside Pakistan embassy in Kabul by Afghan nationals on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ANI)

  • Protestors said that Pakistani jets conducted airstrikes in Panjshir province
  • The Taliban on Monday said they have seized Panjshir, the last province not in their control
  • The agitators said they do not want a puppet government in Afghanistan

.Kabul, Afghanistan
The group posted footage online of their fighters raising their flag in Panjshir. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Panjshir was the final pocket of territory which had remained outside their rule
  • On August 15, the Taliban seized Kabul
  • Panjshir has been its greatest weapon in repelling invaders

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.Panjshir, Afghanistan
A Taliban fighter stands guard (Photo Credit:PTI)

  • Taliban claimed Panjshir Valley on Monday
  • Panjshir resistance said they still hold “strategic positions”
  • Earlier, the NRF called for a negotiated settlement with Taliban

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Ahmad Massoud with his militia in Panjshir valley. (Photo credit: Twitter)

  • Pakistan media reported on Sunday that Pakistan drones bombed Panjshir using smart bombs
  • This coincided with Pakistani ISI chief  arriving in Kabul amid differences over government formation
  • Panjshir is one of the few areas holding out against the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

.Panjshir, Afghanistan
Taliban have captured the Panjshir Valley which was in control of NRF leader Ahmad Massoud (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Taliban declared that they have captured Panjshir Valley
  • With this victory, our country is completely taken out of the quagmire of war: Taliban
  • NRF leader Ahmad Massoud has called for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban