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Fighting between Taliban and resistance forces for Panjshir

British media reports about clashes between the Taliban and the Northern Resistance Forces for the Afghan province of Panjshir, Northern Resistance Forces claiming to have killed 300 Taliban fighters while the Taliban has denied any casualties.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Massoud, whose forces control the last significant anti-Taliban holdout, said on Sunday he hoped to hold talks peacefully with the group that seized power in Kabul a week ago but that his forces were ready to fight.

“We want to make the Taliban realise that the only way forward is through negotiation,” he told the Reuters news agency by telephone from his stronghold in the Panjshir Valley, where he has gathered forces made up of remnants of regular army units and special forces as well as local militia fighters.

“We do not want a war to break out.”

Earlier, Afghan leader Amrullah Saleh said in a statement that the Taliban had tried to gather forces near the entrance to the Panjshir Valley, adding that the Taliban had already suffered heavy losses in the Andarab Valley.

Amrullah Saleh said in his statement that the resistance forces had closed the Salang Highway.

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Taliban did not comment on Amrullah Saleh’s latest statement.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement Sunday that they were trying to resolve the issue through talks with their fighters.

Zabihullah Mujahid further said that talks are underway with Afghan political leaders to form a new government, the new government will be announced soon.

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