ROME, AUG 23 – The Panshir Valley is “besieged” but the Taliban are negotiating with the forces of the Northern Alliance “to find a peaceful solution”. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid writes. According to the manager, “the three districts have been recaptured” in the nearby province of Baghlan attacked in recent days by militiamen led by Massoud’s son, Ahmad. Meanwhile, images of armed children in the Valley with Alliance flags tied to rifles are making their way around the world. (HANDLE).