The Taliban say that hundreds of its fighters are heading to the Panjshir valley after local state officials refused to hand it over peacefully.
The valley is one of the few parts of Afghanistan not yet controlled by the group. Flickers of resistance have begun to emerge with some ex-government troops gathering in the valley north of Kabul. This comes after Ahmad Masood the son of anti-soviet resistance leader Amit Sharma sooth refused to surrender areas in his control.
He called for the formation of a comprehensive government with the participation of the Taliban. But warned of an unavoidable war, if the group refuses to hold dialogue. He also denied his forces involvement in the seizure of three districts in the Northern province last week blaming it on militants.