The Taliban fought deadly battles with budding resistance forces in northern Afghanistan, as political negotiations on a broader authorities moved in advance in Kabul and access to the city’s U.S.-operate airport remained tricky for 1000’s of Afghans hoping to flee.

Even though most of Afghanistan’s military and safety forces collapsed, some of the Taliban’s most focused foes have retreated to the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, pledging to continue the struggle from the country’s only province not under Taliban sway.

They include things like the fallen Afghan republic’s defense minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who statements to be Afghanistan’s legit leader just after President Ashraf Ghani abandoned his obligations and fled the region Aug. 15 and Ahmad Massoud, a son of famed Panjshiri commander Ahmad Shah Massoud.

Video posted on social media showed casualties and combating involving Taliban forces and anti-Taliban militias in the Andarab valley of the northern Baghlan province, adjoining Panjshir, and substantial convoys of Taliban reinforcements in U.S.-acquired Ford Rangers and Humvees flying the Islamist movement’s white flag.

Even though the militias in Baghlan are allied with the forces in Panjshir, they acted independently in attacking the Taliban, claimed Ali Nazary, head of foreign relations for the new Nationwide Resistance Front that is primarily based in Panjshir and incorporates some one,000 Afghan military commandos who refused to surrender when the rest of the army melted absent, as very well as some helicopters.