Afghanistan’s first vice president said he is the country’s legitimate leader and called for resistance to the Taliban

“According to the Afghan constitution, in the absence, escape, resignation or death of the president, the first vice president is acting president. I am currently in my country and am the legitimate interim president. I contact all leaders to gain their support and consent.” – wrote Saleh.



He statedthat, unlike the United States and NATO, the people of Afghanistan did not lose heart and “see great opportunities ahead.”

“We Afghans have to prove that Afghanistan is not Vietnam and the Taliban are not even remotely like the Viet Cong … The useless warnings are over. Join the resistance,” he wrote.



Earlier, on August 15, Saleh stated also that it will never, under any circumstances, bow down to the Taliban terrorists and will not work “under the same ceiling as the Taliban.”



How writes Ishaan Tarour, The Washington Post, Saleh is now believed to be in the Panjshir province, where he comes from, the last territory of Afghanistan not yet controlled by the Taliban. This information is confirmed by AFP.

Ahmad Massoud, the son of the legendary military commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, is now and is gathering resistance there, the French edition reported on August 16. Paris Match… “We were left alone. We will never surrender. Our fighters, old and young Mujahideen, here in Panjshir, are raising their arms. Join us,” the publication quotes a letter from Ahmad Masud.

Amrullah Saleh is considered one of the most implacable opponents of the Taliban. On Saleh’s life many attempts were made, he several times was injured… The last attempt took place on September 9, 2020, the edition wrote. “All about Afghanistan”… The attack killed at least 10 people and injured 16 others, including the vice president’s guards.

Context:

The Taliban Islamist movement was formed in 1994, from 1996 to 2001 it was in power in Afghanistan and controlled most of the country’s territory.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States and the Taliban’s refusal to extradite the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, Osama bin Laden, American troops were sent to Afghanistan. The Taliban government was overthrown and the Taliban began fighting against the government.

In February 2020, representatives of the United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan within 18 months after its signing.

The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated amid the withdrawal of US troops, which started in April 2021 year. By August 15, the Taliban had taken control of virtually the entire country. including the capital Kabul… Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled abroad on the same day… Its exact location is unknown.

Against the backdrop of the Taliban offensive, foreign states began to evacuate their citizens. This process was paralyzed due to the fact that on August 16, Kabul airport canceled all commercial flights… According to media reports, only military aircraft use the runway.

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