Taliban look set to unveil new government after claiming Panjshir

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Nearly 20 years after being toppled by American forces, the Taliban on Tuesday said they were poised to unveil the new government of Afghanistan.
On Monday, the militant group declared they were in control of Panjshir province, the last holdout of anti-Taliban forces in the country after their sweep of Afghanistan last month. Their claims were refuted by the resistance forces that said they were still fighting the militants in the area.

Ahmad Massoud, the son of an iconic anti-Taliban fighter, posted a defiant audio message to social media, calling for a national "uprising" against the Taliban.

NBC News was not able to confirm any of the claims.

Men believed to be Taliban fighters stand outside the gate of the provincial Governor's office in Panjshir, Afghanistan on Monday. Reuters

Meanwhile in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Taliban gunmen fired in the air to scatter protesters, witnesses told Reuters, as video showed scores of people scurrying to escape volleys of gunfire. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Hundreds of men and women shouting slogans such as "Long live the resistance" demonstrated against the Taliban, the news agency reported. Video posted on social media also appeared to show men and women taking to the streets of Kabul.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday they were in the final stages of forming the new government and were ready to announce it at any time. The timing of the move was striking, coming almost 20…
Yuliya Talmazan, Mushtaq Yusufzai, Patrick Smith
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