THE Taliban are on the verge of crushing the Afghan resistance as 1000’s of militants flood the mountainous Panjshir Valley.
The jihadis have reportedly seized 4 of the realm’s seven districts – together with provincial capital Bazarak – from anti-Taliban forces often known as the Lions of Panjshir following days of bloody battle.
Afghan resistance motion and anti-Taliban rebellion forces[/caption]
The resistance are the final bastion standing in opposition to the Taliban[/caption]
Resistance fighters proceed to carry the road in opposition to the Taliban[/caption]
The area, 80 miles north of Kabul, is the ultimate territorial impediment standing in the best way of the Taliban saying a authorities.
It was thought to be an impenetrable pure fortress, with the Taliban by no means breaching the 60-mile-long valley up to now 26 years.
However on Sunday night a spokesperson for the fear group, Bilal Karimi, mentioned that they had taken management of a police headquarters and a district centre of Rukhah, a city neighbouring Bazarak, in addition to weapons, autos and prisoners.
They reportedly stormed the valley after overrunning mountain outposts defended by the resistance forces – formally titled the Nationwide Resistance Entrance (NRF).
The coalition has vowed by no means to give up, preventing to the final man because the Taliban try and take management of the final free bastion in Afghanistan.
Nonetheless, as information of the preventing emerged the chief of the resistance Ahmad Massoud, mentioned he welcomed proposals from non secular students for a negotiated settlement to finish the preventing.
Writing on the NRFA’s Fb web page, he mentioned: “The NRF in precept agree to unravel the present issues and put a direct finish to the preventing and proceed negotiations.
“To succeed in an enduring peace, the NRF is able to cease preventing given that Taliban additionally cease their assaults and navy actions on Panjshir and Andarab,” he mentioned, referring to a district within the neighbouring province of Baghlan.
On Sunday, the NRFA additionally confirmed that its primary spokesman, Fahim Dashti, had been killed through the day.
Dashti had survived the suicide assault that killed Massoud’s father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, on September 9, 2001, simply days earlier than the 9/11 assaults on the USA.
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A whole lot of fighters are reported to have died in clashes between the Lions of Panjshir fighters and the Taliban.
Officers claiming the realm had fallen sparked wild celebrations in Kabul that left 17 individuals useless as fighters stupidly fired their weapons into the air.
Round 200,000 individuals stay within the area, with fighters holding out within the space beating again within the Soviets within the 80s and the Taliban within the 90s.
Opposition fighters in Panjshir are understood to be native tribesmen who’re preventing alongside former Afghan troopers and police, together with Western-trained commandos and particular forces.
And the power has stockpiled navy tools together with tanks, helicopters, artillery weapons and vehicles as they put together for a probably lengthy siege.
Nonetheless, they’re going through a Taliban who’s armed with an enormous multi-billion greenback arsenal of US weapons because the terrorists seized lots of of 1000’s of items of apparatus that had been left behind.
‘LIONS OF PANJSHIR’
The resistance are often known as the “Lions of Panjshir” as they’re partly led by Massoud, the son of a legendary freedom fighter often known as “The Lion” who defended the valley within the 80s and 90s.
The slim valley remains to be plagued by the remnants of armoured autos – echoes of the unsuccessful assaults launched by the Russians.
And together with them is Amrullah Saleh, the previous vice chairman of Afghanistan, who declared himself the nation’s rightful chief as decreed by the structure.
“There isn’t a doubt we’re in a tough state of affairs. We’re underneath invasion by the Taliban,” he mentioned in a video message to the BBC.
He added: “We is not going to give up, we’re standing for Afghanistan.”
Saleh additionally denied Taliban claims that he had fled the nation, and accused Pakistan of serving to to help the terrorist forces – one thing firmly denied by Islamabad.
Often recognized for his sharp Western fits, Saleh was filmed carrying a conventional shalwar kameez tunic and a flat woollen pakol cap favoured by Panjshiris.
“The resistance is continuous and can proceed,” he added.
The militia are preventing underneath the white, inexperienced and black flag of the Northern Alliance, a resistance motion which stood in opposition to the Taliban within the 90s.
Saleh has raged in opposition to the West’s “betrayal” of Afghanistan because the sudden and muddled withdrawal by US forces is broadly credited with permitting the Taliban to surge again to energy as soon as once more.
British, American and different allied forces defeated the Taliban in 2001 after they allegedly harboured al-Qaeda terrorists who plotted the World Commerce Centre assaults on 9/11.
Western nations have spent 20 years making an attempt to rebuild Afghanistan as a brand new democratic authorities was put in and brutal legal guidelines enacted by the Taliban have been ended.
Nonetheless, the occupation was underneath fixed assault from terrorist forces – and US President Joe Biden had declared his need to finish so-called “ceaselessly wars”.
Some 20 years of labor was undone in a matter of weeks because the Taliban surged again to energy – typically unopposed – and recaptured Kabul as Western forces boarded evacuation planes.
“The preventing right here is heavy now, with casualties on each side. The Taliban are utilizing American munitions in opposition to us and Blackhawk helicopters are being flown in to strengthen their assaults,” Saleh wrote within the Each day Mail.
‘HUMILIATION OF HUMANITY’
He went on: “The betrayal of Afghanistan by the West is colossal.
“The scenes at Kabul airport in current days represented the humiliation of humanity, a humiliation for any nation that has been concerned in Afghanistan for the reason that Taliban have been routed by the US-led Coalition Drive within the aftermath of the 9/11 atrocity.”
When the Taliban final dominated Afghanistan they imposed medieval-style legal guidelines with vicious executions, torture and brutal punishments.
We is not going to be recognising the Taliban anytime within the foreseeable future.
And regardless of guarantees of an “amnesty” for his or her enemies – and an look on Good Morning Britain – there have studies of door-to-door killings – with any allies of the West notably in danger.
Overseas secretary Dominic Raab at the moment mentioned that Britain is not going to be recognising the Taliban as Afghanistan’s authorities “for the foreseeable future”.
He mentioned the Western world wanted to “regulate to the brand new actuality” that the brutal insurgents have captured the nation and at the moment are in cost.
The ‘Lions of Panjshir’ are holding out in a pure fortress[/caption]
A whole lot have reportedly died within the heavy preventing across the Panjshir Valley[/caption]
Anti-Taliban militias are massing within the Panjshir Valley[/caption]
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