As rebel forces concentrate in the valley, the Taliban have warned that “they will pay a great price with their blood.”
TALIBAN resistance fighters have been photographed preparing for battle in Afghanistan’s lone province that has yet to surrender to the terrorists.
In SAS-style training, fighters in the Panjshir region have been photographed balancing wooden logs on their shoulders while wading through water.
As the US forces left on Monday night, the resistance forces were “ready to fight” the militants who now rule the entire country.
The US forces withdrew from Afghanistan on Monday night, leaving the Taliban in charge.
On Saturday, the last British troops left Kabul airport, bringing the country’s two-decade military presence to an end.
Pictures of fighters practicing were posted on a Twitter account dedicated to the Panjshir area opposition.
They tweeted, “National resistance forces during training in #Panjshirvally.”
“We are prepared to combat Taliban soldiers who enter #Panjshir; they will pay a great price in blood.”
With about 100,000 population, the Panjshir Valley is located near the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan, 93 miles (150 kilometers) from Kabul.
According to the Wall Street Journal, politicians in the area, fearful of oncoming Taliban forces, believe Panjshir is backed by a militia of several thousand men, as well as remnants of the Afghan army.
Taliban gunmen reportedly severed telephone and internet services to the valley on Sunday.
Since mid-August, resistance fighters have gathered in the valley under the direction of Ahmad Massoud, the son of the legendary Afghan resistance fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud.
National resistance forces in #Panjshirvally during training
We are prepared to combat any Taliban soldiers who attempt to infiltrate #Panjshir; they will pay a high price in blood. pic.twitter.com/ijhXfUV4nu
In the Washington Post, Ahmad Massoud wrote, “I write from the Panjshir Valley today, ready to follow in my father’s footsteps, with mujahideen fighters who are ready to once again take on the Taliban.”
“We have ammo and weapons stocks that we have painstakingly accumulated since my father’s time because we knew this day would come.”
Because of its tiny valley bordered by mountains and just one central entry point from Kabul, Panjshir has been the epicenter of military resistance.
The valley has previously served as a base for opposition forces from 1980 until 1985.
There were at least nine Soviet attempts to recapture the valley, all of which failed.