Heavy fights break out in northern-east Afghanistan

11:47, 15 October 2021
Heavy fights break out in northern-east Afghanistan Photo: U.S. Department of Defense/Digital/Global Look Press

Heavy fights between The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) and the Taliban* force broke out in northern-east Afghanistan, the Russian news agency Interfax reported.

The battles are currently going on in the Andarab valley and the province of Balkh. It’s been reported that both sides are suffering losses, but the number of casualties is still unknown. The Taliban officials didn’t comment on the ongoing clashes in Balkh.

NRF reported that they continued to fight against the Taliban occupation. They added that “the struggle against the Taliban and their partners will continue”.

The Taliban and the NFR have been fighting in Panjshir since the beginning of September. Hundreds have been reported dead in the military clashes between sides over the last few weeks.

On 6 September the Taliban officials claimed victory over NFR in the Panjshir province, however, the Resistance Front denied the Taliban victory, saying that they are still "all over the valley".

On 12 September the local and international media reported that the clashes broke out again in the Balkh province.

Earlier, The Amnesty International rights organization accused the Taliban of war crimes after it said the Taliban executed thirteen ethnic Hazara including a young civilian girl.

After coming to power on August 15 the Taliban plunged Afghanistan’s economy which has been suffering from constant crises to a new low by implementing radical reforms.

The turmoil in Afghanistan is affecting the prices of food while the lowered wages and absence of work make the situation even worse. 

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries.