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“The resistance has just begun”: Ahmad Massoud refuses to surrender to Taliban

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kabul: Giving a strong resistance to the Taliban militants, anti-Taliban fighters have taken back three districts from the insurgents in northern Baghlan province, and have reportedly refused to surrender to the Islamic extremist, who have seized the country after the US and allied forces virtually ran away from Kabul.

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As Afghanistan is standing strong against the Taliban, Ahmad Massoud – the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was known as the Lion of Panjshir and led the strongest resistance against the Taliban from his stronghold in the valley until he was assassinated two days before 9/11 by al Qaeda terrorists of Moroccan origins – reportedly said that surrender is not part of my vocabulary.”

Despite of information warfare by the Taliban that it is negotiating with Northern Alliance resistance in Panjshir Valley, Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, has said he will follow in his father’s footsteps and won’t surrender to the

The Panjshir Valley, which never fell to the Taliban during the civil war of the 1990s and was not conquered by the Soviets a decade earlier, is now Afghanistan’s last remaining holdout against the Sunni Pashtun forces.

“My father, Commander Massoud, our national hero, bequeathed to me a legacy: and that legacy is to fight for Afghans’ freedom. That fight is now irreversibly mine. My companions in arms and I are ready to give our blood. We call on all free Afghans, all those who reject servitude, to join our bastion of Panjshir, the last free region in our tormented land. To Afghans of all regions and tribes, I say: do fight with us!” Massoud said in a letter to Levy on August 16.

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He also called for aid from those in France, Europe, America and the Arab world, who he said helped them in their fight against the Soviets and then against the Taliban 20 years ago. “I ask: Will you, dear friends in freedom, assist us once more, as in the past? Despite the betrayal of some, we still have confidence in you. We Afghans find ourselves in the situation of Europe in 1940. Except in Panjshir, the debacle is near total, and the spirit of collaboration with the Taliban is spreading among the vanquished, who lost this war by their own failings. Only we remain standing. And we will never yield,” he said.

Several photographs on social media have shown Massoud meeting Afghanistan’s defiant vice president Amrullah Saleh in what appears to be an effort to take on the Taliban. Saleh has asserted on Twitter that he is now the country’s rightful president after President Ashraf Ghani fled to the United Arab Emirates.

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