reported Reuters. Both sides claimed to have the upper hand in Panjshir but neither

Kabul Afghanistan Taliban Crisis News Today Highlights, Taliban govt formation news Today September 5 Live Update: Will the Taliban announce the formation of their government on September 11 to coincide with the 9/11 attacks anniversary? This buzz is gaining traction as the group once again postponed the government announcement on Saturday. Taliban spokesperson Zabihulla Mujahid has maintained that the reason for the delay is all factions working to arrive at a consensus. The Taliban is not a unified group with a central command structure. Rather, it constitutes of several factions and former warlords and sympathizers. Now that the group has taken over Afghanistan, these factions are demanding their share in the power structure. As of now, the tentative contours that have emerged from Kabul and elsewhere say that 50 per cent of the government will constitute of the Taliban men. The rest of the 50 per cent will be divided among the Haqqani network, Jamiat e Islami Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. An AP report said that former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s brother is also likely to get some representation. Amid this factionalism, there is an issue of female voices in the new Taliban government. The group has said that though there is no question of women as some ministers, they can get low-ranking jobs.
Cities such as Herat and Kabul are witnessing rare protests by women who are staging sit-ins demanding fair representation in the new Afghan government. While these are the factors within the country, there are many outside Afghanistan who may be playing a covert game. The prime actor is Pakistan. On Saturday, ISI Chief visited Kabul.

Meanwhile, the Taliban and opposition forces battled on Saturday to control the Panjshir Valley, the last Afghan province holding out against the Taliban, as the top US general warned of a “civil war” if the Islamists failed to consolidate power, reported Reuters. Both sides claimed to have the upper hand in Panjshir but neither could produce conclusive evidence to prove it.

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21:57 (IST)
05 SEP 2021
Germany wants to talk with Taliban about further evacuations from Afghanistan: Merkel
Germany wants to talk to the Taliban about how to evacuate its remaining local contract workers from Afghanistan, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, adding it was a good sign that the airport in Kabul could be used for flights again.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief has said the bloc is ready to engage with the new Taliban government in Kabul but the Islamist group must respect human rights, including those of women, and not let Afghanistan become a base for terrorism.

“We need to talk to the Taliban about how we can continue to get people who worked for Germany out of the country and to safety,” Merkel said. International aid organisations should also be able to improve the humanitarian situation there, she added.

The Taliban have yet to name a government more than two weeks after they swept back into power. Their 1996-2001 rule was marked by violent punishments and a ban on schooling or work for women and girls, and many Afghans and foreign governments fear a return to such practices. The militants say they have changed but have yet to spell out what rules they will enforce. (Reuters)

21:21 (IST)
05 SEP 2021
Kabul Afghanistan Taliban Crisis News Today Live: Taliban say they have entered capital of holdout Afghan region
The Taliban said on Sunday their forces had fought their way into the provincial capital of the Panjshir valley, their latest claim of progress in fighting against opposition forces holding out in the area north of Kabul.

There was no immediate response from the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), which groups opposition forces. It had said earlier the Taliban “propaganda machine” was trying to spread distracting messages and that it had pushed Taliban forces back from another part of the valley.

Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said on Twitter the police headquarters and district centre of Rukhah, adjacent to the provincial capital Bazarak, had fallen, and opposition forces had suffered numerous casualties, with large numbers of prisoners and captured vehicles, weapons and ammunition. Fighting was underway in Bazarak, he said. It was not possible to confirm the report, which was echoed on other Taliban Twitter accounts.

Earlier on Sunday NRFA spokesman Fahim Dashti said Parian district, at the northeastern end of Panjshir, which the Taliban have previously said they had taken, had been cleared and up to 1,000 Taliban, including Pakistanis and other foreigners had been blocked off and captured. It was not possible to confirm that independently. “The resistance forces are ready to continue their defence against any form of aggression,” Dashti said.

On Saturday, Italian aid group Emergency said Taliban fighters had reached the trauma hospital it operates in Anabah district, within the Panjshir valley. Taliban officials have said previously their forces had secured full control of Panjshir but fighting has been continuing for days, with each side saying it had inflicted large numbers of casualties. Ahmad Massoud, leader of the NRFA, has pledged to continueresisting the offensive and has called for international support.

Panjshir, a rugged mountainous valley north of Kabul still littered with the wreckage of destroyed Soviet tanks, has proved very difficult to overcome in the past. Under Massoud’s late father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, it resisted both the invading Soviet army and the previous Taliban government. On Sunday, Massoud said hundreds of Taliban fighters had surrendered to NRFA forces, which included remnants of regular Afghan army and special forces units as well as local militia fighters. It was not clear if that was a separate claim.

The Panjshir fighting has been the most prominent example of resistance to the Taliban, whose forces swept into Kabul on Aug. 15 as the Western-backed government collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. But small individual protests for women’s rights or in defence of the green, red and black tricolour flag of Afghanistan have also been held in different cities. Massoud originally called for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban and several attempts at talks were held but they eventually broke down, with each side blaming the other for their failure. (Reuters)

20:56 (IST)
05 SEP 2021
Kabul Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live Update: Qatar delivers food and medical aid to Kabul
Qatar has sent a plane carrying food and medical goods to Kabul, part of an effort to provide badly needed supplies to Afghanistan as the country faces a halt in most Western aid.Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said the plane had landed at Kabul airport on Sunday with 26 tons of medical and food aid, the second such shipment in as many days.The tiny Gulf state of Qatar has taken an outsized role in evauation efforts as U.S. forces completed their withdrawal from the country last week. It’s also expected to play an important political role in what comes next for Afghanistan. (AP)

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