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The brother of the killed Afghan warlord Ahmed Shah Massoud called on the Taliban to form an inclusive government after retaking the country and warned that if they refused, they would resist.
Ahmad Wali Massoud (Ahmad Wali Massoud), one of the leaders against the Taliban at his base in the Panjshir Valley, proposed that if the militants do not agree to reach an agreement, there may be widespread civil uprising.
“If an agreement is reached and a peaceful settlement is reached, everyone will join. But if there is no agreement…. Not only Panjshir, but also Afghan women, civil society, and the younger generation-are all people of the resistance movement,” Masood accepted in the “Financial The Times said in a video interview. “If you conquer [presidential] Occupying the palace by force does not mean that you have conquered the hearts of the people,” he added.
Masood’s credibility stems from his late brother Ahmed Shah Masood, a well-known leader of the resistance organization and one of the generation of jihadists who took up arms when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979.
As the leader of the Northern Alliance, Ahmed Shah Massoud fought with the Taliban after they first came to power in 1996, until he was assassinated by Al Qaeda a few days before the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
However, analysts doubt whether modern anti-Taliban forces can contend with the victorious militant group, which has added military equipment provided by the government by the United States to its arsenal.
Panjshir Province in the mountains north of Kabul is surrounded by the Taliban, who blocked important supply lines. “It’s not easy to walk in [to Panjshir]It is a peak and a pass, but the Taliban army is much stronger,” said a person who understands the security situation in the province. “The resistance is definitely not an opponent. ”
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Ahmed Shah Massoud’s son Ahmed Massoud called on international support to confront the Taliban after the U.S. withdrawal.
As the commander of Panjshir’s anti-Taliban forces, he wrote in the “Washington Post” this week that his soldiers are ready for combat but need “more weapons, more ammunition and more supplies.”
Roman Malejak, author Warlord SurvivalA book about the leader of the Afghan militia stated that the young Masood has “charm and ability” and “the legitimacy of his name”, but he is “very young and has no combat experience.”
Amrullah Saleh, the vice president of the Afghan government deposed by the Taliban, also vowed to fight, but analysts are not sure whether he can mobilize popular support.
For a long time, the war in Afghanistan was not fought on an open battlefield, but was launched by guerrillas, who used the country’s terrain to regroup between two attacks.
Nonetheless, observers were shocked by the Taliban’s easy overtaking of government forces and the warlords and militias who were expected to mount the fiercest resistance.
Masood questioned how the Taliban could defeat the Afghan army trained and funded by the United States so easily, and called on the deposed President Ashraf Ghani and the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, to explain what happened.
“I do believe that there is a huge conspiracy to bring the entire system down… like a coup from within the government,” Masood said, adding that the army’s collapse so quickly is not “logical.” “I have no doubt how it was planned,” he said.
Many traditional Afghan leaders are now scattered. Ismail Khan, a senior fighter in the western city of Herat, has surrendered to the Taliban. According to reports, others, such as Abdul Rashid Dostum and Atta Mohamed Nur, are in exile.
Any resistance in Afghanistan will also be difficult to attract international support. Countries such as the United States and Saudi Arabia can easily fund warlords when fighting communists, while countries such as India are eager to support anti-Taliban militias.
But now many people seem to be willing to engage with the Taliban government, even if it is not officially recognized, especially if it includes other figures. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and former peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah held talks with senior Taliban leaders on holding positions in the new regime and ensuring protection from retaliation.
Masood was a member of a delegation that recently went to Pakistan to lobby Prime Minister Imran Khan. They hope Islamabad will persuade the Taliban not to attack Panjshir and agree to a government that includes all ethnic groups. He said he hopes to reach an agreement to avoid bloodshed before Afghanistan plunges further into chaos.
“No office [open], No salary, no wages, no workers, no staff, no officials, Kabul has nothing,” Masood said, adding: “It cannot continue. ”