LAccording to Washington, the Taliban took place on Sunday in the Banjir Valley, the last major battleground for Afghanistan’s new masters.
Since the withdrawal of US troops from the country on August 30 and last, Islamic Movement forces have launched a series of offensives against this underground and inaccessible valley, 80 km north of Kabul.
The area, once a stronghold of anti-Italianism, helped the famous commander Ahmed Shah Masood gain popularity before being assassinated by al-Qaeda in the late 1990s, and is now home to the National Anti-National Front (FNR). Led by Commander Masood’s son Ahmed Masood, the FNR included local militants and former members of the Afghan security forces who came to the valley when other parts of Afghanistan fell.
According to the Italian NGO Emergency in Panjir, Taliban forces reached Anaba on Friday evening, a 115 km long village about 25 km into the valley. “In recent days many people have fled from the villages of that village,” the NGO added in a statement, adding that they received “a small number of injured people at the Anaba surgical center.” A Taliban official said on Twitter that many parts of Panjir were now under the control of regime forces. On the sidelines of the protest, FNR spokesman Ali Maisam Nassari promised that the protest would “never fail” on Facebook.
“Reconstruction of Al Qaeda”
Contradicting the words created by former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, Panjir declared a “large-scale humanitarian crisis” in which thousands of people continued to be displaced by the “attacking Taliban”.
Communication with the Panjir Valley is very difficult and neither this information nor the independent advancement of the Taliban in that area can be confirmed from an independent source. Faced with this confusing situation, General Mark Mille, the commander-in-chief of the US military, considered the “conditions for civil war” likely to be met in Afghanistan. “I think there is a very high probability of a civil war that could lead to the restructuring of Al Qaeda or the strengthening of ISIS (Islamic State group, editorial note) or other terrorist groups,” he told the US channel Fox News on Saturday.
At the political level, the face of the new Taliban executive, originally expected to be released on Friday, was still expected on Sunday. The Taliban, who have been ousted by a US-led coalition and returned to power more than 20 years later, are expected by the international community to warn the Islamic movement of its actions.
The movement, founded by Mullah Omar, has vowed to establish a “inclusive” government since the capture of Kabul on August 15 and to respect the rights of women during the first spell of power. Between 1996 and 2001.
Its promises are hard to believe. On Saturday, for the second day in a row, dozens of women took to the streets in Kabul to demand respect for their rights and participation in a future government.
On the humanitarian front, though the situation in Afghanistan is critical, the sky is starting to shine. Qatar on Saturday announced that it had sent 15 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan from around the world and that flights would continue in the “coming days”. The UN, which has warned of an “immediate humanitarian catastrophe” this week, will hold a meeting on September 13 between member states to increase humanitarian aid to the country.
Diplomatic ballet began almost three weeks after the Taliban came to power. US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen is expected to be in Qatar from Monday to Wednesday, at the center of a dialogue with the new Afghan power.
Pakistani military intelligence chief Faiz Hamid was seen in Kabul on Saturday, where he is likely to meet with senior Taliban officials with close ties to Islamabad.
On Saturday, 5,000 km from Kabul, the Afghanistan crisis was invited to a Venice festival, where two Afghan filmmakers talked about the dramatic situation in which the Taliban’s arrival had brought down art circles. “Imagine a country without artists!” Said Zahra Karimi, a 38-year-old director who has won awards at several festivals.
“Music geek. Coffee lover. Devoted food scholar. Web buff. Passionate internet guru.”