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Panjshir: The last one to fall

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 08, Sep 2021
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  • Panjshir means Valley of Five Lions
  • Panjshir is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, located in the northeastern part of the country containing the Panjshir Valley (Panjshir River)
  • Panjshir Province is ringed by the Panjshir mountains in the north and the Kuhestan mountains in the south
  • Panjshir was never taken over at any point in Afghanistan’s Multidirectional civil war that started in the 1970s.

What has happened now ?

  • National Resistance Front (NRF) of Afghanistan vowed to continue fighting against the Taliban.
  • But this time, NRF neither had any direct access to a friendly border (say, Tajikistan) nor direct military assistance from regional players such as Russia, Iran or Tajikistan.
  • Taliban launched the Panjshir offensive and took over the Valley.