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The Resistance

In the summer of 2021 the Afghan security forces and the Afghan government folded. Many of the powerbrokers and warlords - Abdullah Abdullah, Ismail Khan, and other reached an accomodation with the Taliiban. Some fled north (Dostum and Atta Noor) to the Central Asian states. A few decided to continue the resistance to the Taliban and moved to the Panjshir valley in northeast Afghanistan.

After the taking of Kabul by the Taliban the militant group turned its attention to the Panjshir province. A large number of of resistance fighters are holed up there fighting off a Taliban offensive. The National Resistance Front (NRF) holds the territory and is putting up fierce resistance (as of September 2, 2021).

There is speculation that Atta Noor, Dostum, Salahuddin Rabbin, and Mohammad Mohaqiq will form an umbrella organization to support the resistance fighters. However, they are lacking the support of key nations - Iran and Turkey.

News Reports About the Resistance

September 3, 2021. "The Afghan Resistance Says Reports of its Defeat in Panjshir are Taliban Propaganda", National Public Radio.

September 2, 2021. "Taliban and Afghan rebels claim heavy casualties in fighting over valley", Reuters.

August 21, 2021. "An Anti-Taliban Front Is Already Forming. Can It Last?", Lobo Institute.








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