Three Taliban sources said the group had on Friday seized the Panjshir valley, north of Kabul, the last province of Afghanistan holding out against it, although a resistance leader denied it had fallen.
“By the grace of Allah Almighty, we are in control of the entire Afghanistan. The troublemakers have been defeated and Panjshir is now under our command,” said one Taliban commander.
Deafening volleys of celebratory gunfire resounded all over Kabul and Facebook accounts were full of mentions of the fall of Panjshir.
It was not immediately possible to confirm the reports, which if true would give the Taliban complete control of Afghanistan, something they did not achieve when they first ruled the country between 1996 and 2001.
Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, one of the leaders of the opposition forces, said his side had not given up.
“There is no doubt we are in a difficult situation. We are under invasion by the Taliban,” he said on a video clip posted to Twitter by a journalist. “We have held the ground, we have resisted.”