Resistance prepares for “long-term fight” against Taliban

“Hundreds of ‘mujahedin’ [combatentes religiosos] they are heading to Panchir to control the Panshir region, as the authorities do not hand over power peacefully,” said the representative of this group on the social platform Twitter, quoted by Agence France-Presse.

The resistance in the region, known as the National Resistance Front (FNR) in the Panchir valley, is led by Ahmad Massoud, son of commander Ahmed Shah Massoud, who was assassinated in 2001 by al-Qaida.

According to FNR spokesman Ali Maisam Nazary, the group is preparing for “a long-term conflict” with the Taliban, who will face thousands of Afghans who have joined the coming struggle.

“The Taliban will not last if they continue like this, we are ready to defend the country and we warn against bloodshed,” he added in an interview with Al-Arabiya television

The Taliban entered the capital of Afghanistan on Aug. 15, barely meeting any resistance, after an offensive that began in May, when forces from the United States of America and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) began to withdraw .

International forces have been in the country since 2001, in the context of the offensive led by the United States against the extremist regime (1996-2001), which welcomed in its territory the leader of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, mainly responsible for the terrorist attacks of 11 of September 2001.

The seizure of the capital ended a 20-year foreign military presence in Afghanistan by the United States and its NATO allies, including Portugal.

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