The mess Joe Biden and his crack defense team perpetuated reached its final stages this week as the Taliban claimed victory over the last remaining province in Afghanistan.
The Taliban on Monday claimed victory after taking control of Afghanistan’s Panjshir province, the last of 34 areas that was resisting the group.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter that the province was “completely conquered,” a devastating consequence of Joe Biden’s failure to secure the nation from a terrorist takeover. Panjshir lies about 90 miles north of Kabul, and was the only province that was still free from Taliban control.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has captured Bazarak city the provincial capital of Panjshir this morning.
Zabihullah #Mujahid spokesman of (IEA) confirmed the news said, now all parts of #Panjshir is under the control of IEA forces.
Video: Waving of Emirate Flag in Panj pic.twitter.com/vpikE7Nbi7
— Bakhtar News Agency (@BakhtarNA) September 6, 2021
Zabihullah Mujahid says that Taliban forces have taken full control of Panjshir province. pic.twitter.com/bpDKdD0O2x
— hurriyatpk (@hurriyatpk1) September 6, 2021
Taliban leaders, as they are wont to do in the public eye, claimed the rebel fighters would face no discrimination or undue persecution for their resistance.
“They are all our brothers, and we will work for one country and one common goal,” he added. “With the recent efforts and this victory, our country is completely out of the vortex of war.”
But witnesses on the ground in Afghanistan have repeatedly shot down these claims, saying the Taliban is executing a door-to-door manhunt searching for resistance fighters, Americans, and our allies.
The National Resistance Front in Afghanistan, however, said on Twitter that the Taliban was still fighting in the valley where Panjshir is located.
Taliban’s claim of occupying Panjshir is false. The NRF forces are present in all strategic positions across the valley to continue the fight. We assure the ppl of Afghanistan that the struggle against the Taliban & their partners will continue until justice & freedom prevails.
— National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (@nrfafg) September 6, 2021
But a senior NRF official confirmed to The Washington Post that the Taliban had taken over. “Yes, Panjshir has fallen. Taliban took control of government offices. Taliban fighters entered into the governor’s house,” the person said.
The Taliban’s claim comes days after they swept across the entire nation, taking the capital Kabul in 11 days as American forces withdrew. The last U.S. troop left the country on Aug. 30, and the group is working to form a government amid extreme poverty and hunger.
NRF leader Ahmad Massoud reportedly said on Facebook Sunday that he was ready to stop fighting and negotiate with the Taliban.
The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will have harrowing consequences, not only for the Afghan people, but for the diplomatic and geopolitical standing of America in the coming months. China, Russia, Iran, and other U.S. adversaries have expressed interest in working with the terrorist group in areas of trade and commerce.
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Author: Sebastian Hayworth