Anti-Taliban forces Regroup in Northern Afghanistan Lead by Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud

 Amrullah Saleh, who has declared himself to be the acting President of Afghanistan, has announced that Taliban fighters have gathered in large numbers at the entrance of Panjshir.


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Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who has declared himself to be the acting President of Afghanistan, has announced that Taliban fighters have gathered in large numbers at the entrance of Panjshir, from where the anti-Taliban forces are putting up a fight.


In a tweet on Monday morning, Saleh said, “Talibs have massed forces near the entrance of Panjshir a day after they got trapped in ambush zones of neighbouring Andarab valley & hardly went out in one piece.”


In a further update, Saleh said, “Meanwhile Salang highway is closed by the forces of the Resistance. There are terrains to be avoided. See you.”

Forces putting up a resistance against the Taliban in northern Afghanistan have said they have taken three districts close to the Panjshir valley. Groups of the former Afghanistan government forces and other militia groups have gathered in Panjshir.


Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, son of former anti-Soviet Mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, have vowed to resist the Taliban from Panjshir, which repelled both Soviet forces and the Taliban in the 1980s and 1990s.


People close to Massoud say that more than 6,000 fighters, made up of remnants of army and special forces units as well as local militia groups, have gathered in the Panjshir valley. They say they have some helicopters and military vehicles and have repaired some of the armoured vehicles left behind by the Soviets.


There appeared to be no connection between the groups in Panjshir and apparently uncoordinated demonstrations in some eastern cities and the capital Kabul in which protesters raised the red green and black colours of the Afghan flag.


Ahmad Massoud, leader of Afghanistan's last major outpost of anti-Taliban resistance, said on Sunday he hoped to hold peaceful talks with the Islamist movement that seized power in Kabul a week ago but that his forces were ready to fight.


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Ahmad Massoud wants weapons from the US

Opponents of the Taliban asked the United States and the West to supply weapons and equipment to fight the Taliban movement that seized power in the country, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing The Washington Post.


“We need more weapons, more ammunition, and more equipment. America and its democratic allies do more than just fighting terrorism with Afghans. We have a long history of shared ideals and struggles. There is still much you can do to help the cause of freedom. You are our only remaining hope,” wrote Ahmad Masood, who currently leads the resistance forces in the non-Taliban province of Panjshir, to The Washington Post.



He is the son of the head of the Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Massoud, who also opposed the Taliban and was killed by al-Qaeda.


Ahad Masoud said his troops were joined by the forces of former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, Afghan regular army soldiers “who were outraged at the surrender of their commanders,” the Afghan special forces.


Masoud said that his fighters have a certain stock of weapons and ammunition, “which we have patiently collected since my father’s time because we knew that this day might come.” He assured that he and his fighters would “defend Panjshir as the last bastion of Afghan freedom.”


“But this is not enough. our friends in the West will not find a way to provide for us without delay,” he writes, adding that “he begs the friends of Afghanistan to intercede” for them.


Massoud stressed: “The Taliban is not a problem only for the Afghan people. Under the control of the Taliban, Afghanistan will no doubt become the epicenter of radical Islamist terrorism; here again, plots against democracies will be hatched.”



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