Northern Alliance will stand in the way of Taliban

Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh has declared himself acting president and is mobilizing support to tackle the Taliban. Saleh is currently in Panjshir and the Northern Alliance under his leadership is getting ready to face Taliban fighters. In such a situation, Afghanistan seems to be caught in a civil war.

The Taliban have completely occupied Afghanistan. He has also declared the end of the war. But the Taliban war was not over. This organization is facing resistance in many areas of Afghanistan. Demonstrations are taking place everywhere. Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh has declared himself caretaker president and is mobilizing support to tackle the Taliban. Saleh is currently in Panjshir and the Northern Alliance under his leadership is getting ready to face Taliban fighters. In such a situation, Afghanistan seems to be caught in a civil war.

Whom can Saleh trust?

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which had everything from army to police personnel. It was trained, equipped and funded by the US and NATO alliance. After the arrival of the Taliban, everything collapsed like a pack of cards. Afghan soldiers took off their uniforms and went into hiding to save their lives. President Ashraf Ghani has also fled, leaving the country in difficult times. Afghanistan had no leader to face the Taliban. At such a time, Saleh took charge. He has declared himself as the acting President. Saleh has declared that no matter what happens, he will not bow down to the Taliban

In a tweet on August 17, just two days after the Taliban captured Kabul, Saleh said, “…I am currently in my country. In the absence of President Ghani, I am the acting President of the country. I am reaching out to all the leaders to seek their support and consensus.”

It is believed that Saleh is in the North Panjshir province. The province has been anti-Taliban for a long time. So far neither foreign forces have reached here nor has the Taliban been able to capture it. Saleh is accompanied by Ahmed Masood, son of the Supreme Commander of Afghanistan, Ahmed Shah Masood. Both of them belong to the same ideology. Ahmed Shah Masood is called the lion of Panjshir. He made his reputation by leading a fierce resistance against Soviet Russia in 1979. Masood had prevented the Soviet Union from entering Panjshir and the Taliban too. Till date the Taliban has not reached here.

“Ahmed Shah Massoud was assassinated by suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001, just two days before the attack on the World Trade Center in the United States. Now his son Ahmed Masood leads the militia. Ahmed Masood has also challenged the Taliban.

All the soldiers who survived in the Afghan Special Forces have now gone to Panjshir. There they are getting ready against the Taliban by uniting with the Northern Alliance under the leadership of Saleh.

What is the Northern Alliance?

What is now taking shape in Panjshir has been called the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, the Second Resistance, Panjshir Resistance, or Resistance 2.0. It is a coalition of anti-Taliban groups reportedly led by Junior Masood, Saleh and Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, who has served as the Afghan army’s chief of staff and the country’s defense minister.

In a Washington Post editorial, Ahmed Masood, 32-year-old son of the former Mujahideen commander, said, “Some, including some elite special forces units of the Afghan army, rallied because of him.” There has been an appeal for help from the West against the Taliban. We have stockpiles of ammunition and weapons, which have been patiently collected since the time of my father, because we knew that this day could come at any time. have brought. If Taliban chieftains attack, they will surely face our stiff resistance.

The official name of the Northern Alliance was the Afghanistan United Islamic Front. It took shape during the period of Taliban rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. The Taliban are primarily made up of Sunni Pashtuns, the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan. They have strongholds in the south and south-eastern parts.”

After 2001, once again the flags of the Northern Alliance are visible all over Panjshir, which are testifying that Panjshir has not bowed down to the Taliban even today. The special thing about Panjshir is that Saleh hails from here and Ahmed Shah Masood, a strong opponent of Taliban, is also called ‘Lion of Panjshir’. Saleh considers Masood as his hero and says that he will never betray his hero.

What other groups are there in Afghanistan?

Years of fighting have meant that there are no reliable data on Afghan demographics. But it is widely prevalent that Pashtuns make up about 42 percent of the Afghan population. Other major groups are Tajiks (27%), Hazaras (9%), Uzbeks (9%), Aimaks (4%), Turkmen people (3%), Baloch (2%).

Ahmed Masood of the Northern Alliance comes from the Tajik community. Saleh and Mohammadi are also from the Tajik community. Tajik community is predominant in Panjshir Valley. new alliance to be formed and It will not be the first coalition against the Taliban in recent times. At least three warlords, Atta Muhammad Noor, a Tajik, Uzbek Dostum and Haji Muhammad Muhaqiq, a leader of the Shia Hazara community, have joined the fight against the Taliban. In such a situation, it is clear that more organizations will be formed against the Taliban.
All of them are currently located in the northern parts of Afghanistan. They may not like to negotiate with the Taliban and will increase resistance against the Taliban.

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