Taliban Forces Take Over Panjshir

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Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces personnel stand guard at an outpost in Kotal-e Anjuman of Paryan district in Panjshir province on August 23, 2021, as the Taliban said their fighters had surrounded resistance forces holed up in the valley, but were looking to negotiate rather than take the fight to them. (Photo by Ahmad SAHEL ARMAN / AFP)

Jose Chavez

On Sept. 7, 2021, the Taliban said that it had taken hold of Panjshir. The Taliban sent thousands of their troops to eight districts of Panjshir overnight.

Witnesses from the area spoke anonymously because they feared for their safety. 

The resistance was led by the former Vice President, Amrullah Saleh, and the son of the iconic anti-Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud. Experts have confirmed that the hold out would not last long enough against the Taliban whose rapid advance through Afghanistan met little resistance through the last days of America’s 20-year war in the country.

During the evacuation, 1,000 people descended on Kabul airport, hoping to flee the country because they feared what the Taliban rules might hold, given their year of repression, especially women. At a certain point, an Islamic state suicide bomber targeted a crowd, killing 169 Afghans and 13 American service members.

Many people are still hoping to leave the country, but as the airports are not running international flights, they have very few options. In the northern region of the country, officials said on Sunday that at least four planes chartered to evacuate 700 people that have been unable to leave the country for days.

The US is under pressure to help the remaining Americans and green card holders leave the country, and they have promised to work together with the new Taliban rulers to do so but has given no time frame.

The Taliban are the new leader of Afghanistan and they are threatening the lives of innocent people of the country, and they will be in constant danger if they stay in Afghanistan.