Anti-Taliban Troops in Panjshir Valley Haven't Surrendered - Afghan forces opposing the Taliban insist that the fighting is not over even though Taliban officials claim that the last bastion of the resistance is under their control.
Speaking in Washington, the head of foreign relations for Afghanistan's National Resistance Front (NRF) acknowledged that the situation was "not as optimistic as we would like" after the incursion of Taliban forces into the northern Panjshir Valley, but "there is still hope."
"Their entry (to Panjshir) does not mean defeat," said Ali Nazary of the NRF during a brief speech at the Heritage Foundation on Friday (10/9).
“It was a tactical step back,” he said, claiming that the NRF still controls 60% to 65% of Panjshir province.
The NRF's claims appear to contradict the Taliban's assertion from earlier in the week that all of the Panjshir Valley region was under their control and that the war for Afghanistan was over.
Meanwhile, among the population there also appears to be some frustration with the Taliban in Panjshir.
Residents complain that telecommunications services are still cut off and roads to the province remain blocked, even as the region is hit by food shortages.