The Taliban may have claimed victory by capturing a large part of Afghanistan, but the war is not over yet. One faction is still fighting relentlessly against the Taliban.
Amarullah Saleh’s name comes first in the fight against the Taliban. He was the First Vice President (FPV) of Afghanistan and has declared himself the acting President of the country under the constitution after President Ashraf Ghani left the country. Saleh, who has been fighting the Taliban for the past two and a half decades, has said that he stands with the people of Afghanistan and that the war is not over yet.
Panjshir is the only province in Afghanistan that has not been captured by the Taliban so far. Here the name of Ahmed Masood of the Northern Alliance is the most important among those who took on the Taliban. Recently, the picture of his meeting with Saleh had surfaced. Ahmed Masood’s father Ahmed Shah Masood was considered one of the most powerful figures in Afghanistan. He was assassinated in 2001 by Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Now Ahmed Masood is struggling to stop the Taliban at any cost.
Jamaat-e-Islami chief and former governor of Balkh province, Ata Muhammad Noor, is also among those taking the lead against the Taliban. When the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in 1996, he, along with Ahmed Shah Masood, formed a united front against the Taliban. Right now, since the Taliban’s occupation of Balkh province, it is believed that they have moved into the territory of Tajikistan.
Abdul Rashid Dostum, 67, has also been the Vice President of Afghanistan. Dostum was instrumental in helping the US military topple the Taliban government in Afghanistan during 2001. Dostum dominates the northern regions of Afghanistan. It is being told that he is currently in Uzbekistan.