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Afghan resistance fighters in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan, September 4, 2021. (Reuters)

The Taliban claimed on Monday that they had taken control of Panjshir province, the last area of Afghanistan not under their control, despite assurances by the representatives of the opposition forces that the resistance still had control over strategic positions and would continue to fight.

“Panjshir Province completely fell to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesman, wrote in a statement on Twitter.

Photos surfaced on social media showing members of the Taliban standing at the gate of the provincial governor’s compound, according to Reuters.

If that holds true and the Taliban has captured the region and keeps it under its rule, it would mark the final strategic victory in its rapid-fire conquest of Afghanistan.

The Taliban was not able to take over the territory when they ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001; the area became the starting point for the U.S.-led invasion following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

However, the National Resistance Front, the opposition group, rejected the Taliban’s takeover claims, saying that it still had forces positioned across the region.

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