The Taliban say the strategic Panjshir valley has fallen to the group after negotiations to resolve differences with the resistance front there failed. Zabihullah Mujahid said resistance forces gave negative answers when the Taliban tried to negotiate. He said no civilian casualties were left in the takeover of Panjshir. The spokesman said electricity and Internet will resume in the valley as of Monday. Mujahid noted that the government will be announced soon, adding that some technical things are left. The Taliban official said the new government could be interim with a view toward changes in future. He said government announcement has been delayed due to disagreements.
Israel prison break
Israeli police say six Palestinians have escaped from a high-security prison in northeast of al-Quds. Israeli media say the prisoners were cell mates and had tunneled out of Gilboa prison overnight. The reports say five of the prisoners belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement and one was a former commander affiliated with the Fatah party. Israel has mobilized security forces to search for the prisoners, who they believe might try to reach the nearby West Bank. The Fatah movement has already hailed the prisoners’ move, calling it a slap in the face of the Israeli regime and its military. Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has also called it a heroic act and a great defiance against Israel’s security system.
Guinea military coup
The African Union has condemned the military takeover in Guinea. The union has called for an urgent meeting to examine the situation in the West African country. AU officials demanded the immediate liberation of Guinean President Alpha Conde, who was reportedly arrested after being ousted by the country’s Special Forces soldiers on Sunday. West Africa’s regional bloc, ECOWAS, called for the return of Guinea’s constitutional order. European Union Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrel, has urged respect for the state of law, peace and well-being of the people in Guinea. France and the US also condemned the events in the West African country. The reactions came after an elite army unit announced that they had seized power in Guinea, dissolved the government and the constitution, and closed the land and air borders.