Afganistan Vice President Amrullah Saleh
Amrullah Saleh, Afghanistan's self-proclaimed acting vice president, lashed the United States and announced that the last of its soldiers had left the war-torn country, ending the 20-year mission. Saleh said on Twitter that the American superpower "decided to be mini power".
The Afghan leader posted, along with the tweet, one of his old interviews on CBS 60 Minutes talking about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. The video shows Saleh saying that if the United States leaves Afghanistan it will not cease to exist - something he also used in his tweet today. He is also told that there is a moral obligation to be a superpower, but if the United States chooses to go, it is their choice.
"Afgh wasn't packed & put in the bag of the last US soldier The country is here. D rivers are flowing & d mountains are majestic. Talibs R an unpopular proxy force & hated that is why the whole country wants to escape from them. A super power decided to be mini power that is OK," Saleh said in his tweet on Tuesday.
Saleh left the capital Kabul after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15 and established his base in the Panjshir Valley - the only place the insurgents had not yet taken. Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, the son of the powerful military commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, who faced the Taliban in the 1990s, are waging a fierce battle against Sunni Pashtun fighters. Saleh considered Ahmad Shah Massoud as his mentor and promised not to give up the resistance against the Taliban. Local media reported that the Taliban attacked an outpost in Panjshir province but were stopped by resistance fighters. Occasional fighting has been reported in the area.
The Taliban have yet to respond to the incident.
Residents of Panjshir say the Taliban have cut telecommunications networks in the province.
"They have cut off telecommunication services in Panjshir for the last two days. Panjshir people are facing challenges in this regard and cannot get in touch with their relatives living in other parts of the country," Tolo News quoted Gul Haidar, a Panjshir resident.
The valley is located in the Hindu Kush Mountains, about 145 km north of Kabul. The Taliban were unable to withstand this massive resistance after invading government-affiliated forces within months.
Sources:- Hindustan times
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