Amid the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, reports have emerged of anti-Taliban protests in the country which have now spread to numerous cities including Kabul. Reports have emerged of Northern anti-Taliban resistance fighters re-capturing three districts – Banu, Pol-e-Hesar, and De Salah – in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province from the Taliban’s control.
At least 60 Taliban terrorists were killed in the clashes while 15 were injured. It is further being reported that the resistance forces are now advancing to other districts. They believe that the Taliban “did not act in the spirit of a general amnesty”.
Remarking on this, former acting Minister of Defence Bismillah Muhammadi took to Twitter to exclaim, “Resistance is still alive.” Currently, Bismillah is residing in Panjsheer province, the only region out of the Taliban’s control in Afghanistan.
The Taliban has not yet commented on the issue.
Anti-Taliban Movement coming together in Panjshir Valley
An anti-Taliban guerrilla movement has been forming in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley under the leadership of Vice President Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, the son of a famed anti-Taliban fighter, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. to take on the Islamic fundamentalist group, said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“The Taliban doesn’t control the whole territory of Afghanistan,” Lavrov told reporters at a press conference in Moscow following a meeting with his Libyan counterpart. “There are reports of the situation in the Panjshir Valley where the resistance of Afghanistan’s Vice President Saleh and Ahmad Massoud is concentrated,” he said, TRT World reported.
Meanwhile, anti-Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud’s son has said that he is hoping to follow in his “father’s footsteps” and has sought the US’s help to supply arms and ammunition to his militia.
The Panjshir Valley to the northeast of Kabul is Afghanistan’s last remaining holdout, known for its natural defenses. It has repeatedly played a decisive role in Afghanistan’s military history, as its geographical position almost completely cuts it off from the rest of the country. The only access point to the region is through a narrow passage created by the Panjshir River, which can be easily defended militarily.
For Afghanistan, the Northern Alliance is key to fighting the terrorist organization as historically, they have always been anti-Taliban.