Panjshir, the last stronghold of opposition to the Taliban in Afghanistan, may now be taken over by the Islamic extremist organization, as fighters fighting against the Taliban are preparing to surrender. According to The Telegraph’s report, fighters insurgent against the Taliban in Panjshir are working out a surrender agreement due to lack of resources and international support.
Ahmed Masood, son of famed Afghan warlord Ahmed Shah Masood, holds the Panjshir Valley, which did not fall into Taliban hands during the 1990 civil war and was not conquered by the Soviet Union a decade earlier, with other deposed Afghans. Leaders were also involved. Amrullah Saleh, the Vice President who now claims to be the caretaker leader of Afghanistan.
Not long ago, Masood had vowed not to surrender to the Taliban. “I am writing this today with Mujahideen fighters from the Panjshir Valley, ready to follow in my father’s footsteps, who are once again ready to take on the Taliban,” he wrote in the Washington Post newspaper.
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He added, “We have stockpiles of ammunition and weapons, which we have patiently collected since the time of our father, because we knew that this day might come.”
However, he said his army would need international support. Masood’s army numbers reportedly exceed 6,000. He sought aid from France, Europe, the United States and the Arab world, saying they had helped his father fight against the Soviets and the Taliban 20 years ago.
A Taliban spokesman, on the other hand, said it was camping near the Panjshir Valley and recaptured three districts in northern Afghanistan that had been snatched from them by local militia groups last week. However, there was no confirmation of further fighting.
One of Masood’s advisers, whose identity was not disclosed by The Telegraph, said that Masood was looking for a way to surrender with his honour. “Panjshir cannot fight Taliban, Taliban have huge power. This is not the 1980s or 1990s, Taliban have tough fighters,” the advisor said.
Who is Ahmed Masood?
Born in 1989 in PU, Takhar province in northeastern Afghanistan, Masood completed his secondary schooling in Iran and then spent a year in a military course at Britain’s Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
In 2012, he began his undergraduate degree in War Studies at King’s College London, where he took his degree in 2015. She received her Master’s degree in International Politics from City, University of London in 2016. He officially entered politics in March 2019.
Ahmed Masood has said that he wants to hold peace talks with the Taliban and does not want to see civil war in Afghanistan. However, he also warned that if need be, his forces were ready to fight to oppose the Islamic group.
Conquering the Panjshir region has been extremely difficult in the past, with both the Soviet Union and the Taliban failing to capture the region in the 1980s and 1990s. However, the NRF, which reportedly has around 6,000 troops, will need international support to stop the Taliban.
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