“Hundreds” fighters sent to the resistance area


The Taliban said on Sunday that “hundreds” of its fighters would go to the Panjshir Valley, an area not controlled by the group.

“Hundreds [Taliban members] Islamic Emirate is heading to Panjshir to control it after local state officials refuse to hand it over peacefully, “said a terrorist group. I have written With an Arabic Twitter account on Sunday.

Ahmad Masoud, one of the leaders of the anti-Taliban resistance movement in Panjshir, said his coalition wanted to negotiate peace with the Taliban, adding that his army was ready to fight. .. Panjshir remained a resistance area in Afghanistan for decades as the Soviet era and the Taliban ruled from 1996 to 2001, as Masoud’s father, Ahmad Shah Masoud, assisted in the defense of the area. ..

“We want the Taliban to recognize that the only way to move forward is through negotiations,” he said. Said Reuters speaks from Panjshir, located in the northeastern part of the country. “We don’t want a war to break out.”

Some analysts said the anti-Taliban group would have a hard time defending Panjshir for a long time, as the Taliban dominate most of Afghanistan, including the largest city.

“The Taliban haven’t tried to enter Panjshir yet, so for now the only resistance is verbal,” said Jill Delon Solo, an Afghan expert at the University of Sorbonne in Paris. Said AFP Communications Company. Delon Solo said Masoud lacked his father’s leadership skills.

Independent researcher Abdul Saeed added to the news agency that the Taliban “surrounds the Panjshir from all sides,” that is, Masoud’s resistance “may not resist for more than a few months.” So far, he doesn’t have really strong support. “

The Taliban ruled Afghanistan for just over a week, occupying Kabul and the presidential residence on August 15. Twenty years later, US troops withdrew from a calm country in South Asia, causing havoc at Kabul Airport. People try to get out of the rules of the group.

Army Maj. Gen. William Tailer said on Saturday that 5,800 US troops remained at the airport and were “safe.”

And on Sunday, the United States ordered several commercial airlines to assist in the transportation of people after evacuation from Afghanistan. The Pentagon said it would call 18 commercial aircraft from United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and others to carry refugees from temporary locations, including 12 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Jack phillips

Jack phillips

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Jack Phillips is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.