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Inside the Taliban's secret war in the Panjshir Valley

By Susannah George and Aziz Tassal

08 Jun 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

An exclusive Washington Post report transports us to a stronghold of anti-Taliban resistance in a remote Afghan valley.

DARA, Afghanistan - Taliban forces have been locked for months in a shadowy on-again, off-again battle with opposition fighters based in the Panjshir Valley. Just a few hours' drive north of Kabul, the province has long been an anti-Taliban stronghold and remains the only significant pocket of resistance to the group since the fall of Kabul last August.

The Washington Post secured a rare visit to the mountains and villages where the fight is playing out, getting a glimpse of a conflict that the Taliban has gone to great lengths to conceal.

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