Anti-Taliban forces loyal to the ousted administration of Afghanistan on 20th August regain three Northern districts from the Taliban just a few days after the Islamist militants restored their control over most of Afghanistan, the first attack against the Islamist group since they entered into the capital Kabul.
In interviews, local opposition commanders claimed that they had murdered about thirty of the anti-Taliban forces and took over twenty in the takeover of Baghlan province’s districts, almost 161 kilometers north of Kabul. Moreover, the anti-Taliban commanders said that ex-Afghan-service members were joined in the assault by local civilians. In addition, shared images depicted commemorations as the black, red, and green Afghanistan national flag, instead of that the Taliban’s white flag, was raised over the administration buildings.
Pro-Taliban social services accounts confirmed the army reversal in Baghlan. They stated about fifteen Taliban forces were wounded and fifteen others killed in “betrayal of the amnesty” declared for ex-Afghan administration members.
In a video note from Andrab, the local commander of an uprising against Taliban, Abdul Hameed, said that one of the latest held districts, that his troops were moving toward nearby district, anticipating to take over all of Baghlan province. However, the Afghan Taliban purportedly have dispatched their troops to Andrab to carry out a counterattack.
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Voice of America asked but hasn’t received a response from Zabihullah Mujahid, Afghan Taliban spokesman, to what was the first official armed reprisal since his group captured Kabul on Sunday.
Clarity: As per d constitution of Afg, in absence, escape, resignation or death of the President the FVP becomes the caretaker President. I am currently inside my country & am the legitimate care taker President. Am reaching out to all leaders to secure their support & consensus.
— Amrullah Saleh (@AmrullahSaleh2) August 17, 2021
Furthermore, yesterday’s attack came few days after Amrullah Saleh, who served as first VP to Ashraf Ghani, pledged to organize a solid opposition to the Afghan Taliban from Panjshir, his home province. Saleh has announced himself the care-taker President, mentioning the Afghanistan constitution, after Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday and was granted asylum by the United Arab Emirates.
The ex-Vice-President asks to be operating out Panjshir province with the support of the slain Afghan commander Ahmed Shah Massoud’s son, Ahmed Massoud. In the meantime, Taliban leaders have been formally discussing the issues with ex-Afghan rivals in the capital in their bid to form an ‘Inclusive Islamic Government’ to run the war-torn country.
The international community has cautioned the Afghan Taliban that running the nation any other way would extend the civil war in Afghanistan and that they wouldn’t accept such an administration.
Elay Ershad, former Afghan MP, told VOA that she is a woman and remained at the back with her people, but all male politicians just left. Moreover, she said the security in the capital Kabul is under control. A smaller number of girls could walk safely on the street, so she can’t observe any issues. It’s still not an administration, but she’ll still call it a government.