September 28. 2021. 6:00

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Taliban take full control of Afghanistan as final province falls

Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces personnel patrol in armoured humvees at an outpost in Kotal-e Anjuman of Paryan district in Panjshir province on August 23rd. The Taliban said on Monday the last pocket of resistance in Afghanistan, the Panjshir Valley, had been “completely captured”. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban have taken control of Panjshir province, the last holdout of anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

It was the only province the Taliban had not seized during their offensive last month.

Thousands of Taliban fighters overran eight districts of Panjshir overnight, according to witnesses from the area. They spoke on condition of anonymity fearing for their safety.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued a statement on Monday, saying Panjshir was now under the control of the Taliban fighters.

The anti-Taliban fighters had been led by the former vice president and the son of the iconic anti-Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud who was killed just days before the September 11th attacks in the United States.

Pictures on social media showed Taliban members standing in front of the gate of the Panjshir provincial governor’s compound.

There was no immediate word from Mr Massoud, the leader of the opposition group.