Afghan Resistance Leaders Flee Taliban-led Country

The photo shows old Soviet military equipment abandoned after a failed invasion of the Panjshir Valley. (Photo courtesy of Peretz Partensky from San Francisco, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons)

Afghanistan’s last significant resistance to the Taliban has left the country.

Ahmad Massoud, son of the former Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, has reportedly fled to Tajikistan. Afghanistan’s former vice president Amrullah Selah left the country by helicopter a few days later. These leaders asked for Western support, but the U.S. declined to provide weapons or supplies.

John Weaver, a former humanitarian worker in Afghanistan, spoke to The Voice of the Martyrs Canada. He served in the country during the Taliban’s first occupation, which lasted from 1996 to 2001.

He says the Taliban faced more resistance in those days than it does now. “It was the Northern Alliance forces that helped NATO, the Americans, Canadians, and the different international community forces that came in. It was the Northern Alliance that helped them. And a lot of them were from the Panjshir Valley. And now, look on the news. There’s only one spot left in the whole country that’s not controlled by the Taliban. And it’s one little spot in the Panjshir.”

Now, the Taliban has even claimed victory in the Panjshir Valley, though this has not been verified. According to a New York Times report, Afghan civilians report little sign of resistance in the valley.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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