Armed with flags, chants against the Taliban and mostly small arms, the resistence in Afghanistan parades in the valley of Panjshir, showing the support of the local population for the fight against the so-called Koranic students who now control almost the whole country except the indomitable province,.
– Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) August 22, 2021
“We have stockpiles of ammunition and weapons that we have patiently collected since my father’s time, because we knew this day would come.” These words, published this week in an editorial on Washington Post from Ahmad Massoud, son of the legendary “Lion of Panjshir” Ahmad Shah Massoud murdered by al-Qaeda two days before the attacks of 11 September 2001, they confirmed the formation of a new bastion of the resistence against the Taliban in the valley of Panjshir, in Afghanistan, one hundred kilometers north of Kabul.
– Ali Maisam Nazary (@alinazary) August 18, 2021
The words were followed by images: in fact, in the last few days, videos and photos of important members of the Afghan government and army, supported by the West and arrived in the valley together with units of simple soldiers and partisan fighters have emerged from the region to join the resistence against the Taliban. Then came the facts: in the week these forces have regained three districts in the province of Baghlan, about 200 kilometers from the capital Kabul: Pol-e-Hesar, Deh Salah And Banu, among the valleys of di Andarab and the river Kunduz.
In the valley of the Panjshir, impregnated both by Soviet that you give Taliban, is also found Amrullah Saleh, vice president ofAfghanistan before the arrival of the Taliban to Kabul who proclaimed himself head of state after the escape of the former president Ashraf Ghani, welcomed by United Arab Emirates. The former Chief of Staff of the Afghan Armed Forces was also in attendance, Yasin Zia.
The fighters panjshiri, estimated between 2,000 and 2,500 units, are willing to resist the Taliban, like in the nineties. In an interview with the Emirati newspaper The National, Massoud had revealed that dozens of Afghan soldiers have already fled in Panjshir, carrying hundreds of vehicles, armored cars and five helicopters.
The war, however, is also and above all fought with blows propaganda. Yesterday there was a rumor of an agreement between Massoud and Taliban. There news – revealed itself completely false – had been disclosed on Pakistani media according to which, during a meeting yesterday Kabul, Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani, leader of an Afghan terrorist faction on which a $ 5 million bounty hangs in United States, had announced that he had received support from Ahmad Massoud to the new government.
In this way, according to these unfounded rumors, the leader of the Panjshir he would have liked to avert a possible conflict with Kabul. Without citing the alleged announcement by the Taliban leader, the Arabic language edition of the Qatari broadcaster al-Jazeera also announced the start of surrender negotiations between Massoud and Taliban, also proved unfounded.
I just spoke to Ahmad #Massoud on the phone. He told me: “I am the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud; surrender is not part of my vocabulary. ” This is the start. The #Resistance has just begun. #Afghanistan #Panjshir #Kabul #LionOfPanjshir @ ahmadmassoud01 pic.twitter.com/Xlj8mKKr1v
– Bernard-Henri Lévy (@BHL) August 21, 2021
There fake news it was later denied by the Afghan fighter himself a Bernard-Henri Lévy. “I am the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud; surrender is not part of my vocabulary ”. he has declared Ahmad Massoud in a telephone conversation with the French philosopher, according to whom “this is only the beginning: the resistence it has just begun ”.
On the other hand, the news of support for the Taliban of the brother of the former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, fled to the United Arab Emirates. In fact, in the past few hours Hashmat Ghani announced his support for the so-called Koranic students, appearing in a video alongside him Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani, which ended with the cry: “Long live the Islamic Emirate”. The brother of the former president called peace “essential” for theAfghanistan: “I Taliban they are able to ensure peace and security, ”he said Hashmat Ghani. “We will help them offer peace and security to the country”.