Heavy losses suffered by the Taliban in Kapisa as the Afghan resistance strikes back | World news
The Taliban suffered heavy losses in the Afghan province of Kapisa, as the resistance force led by former vice president Amrullah Saleh gave an appropriate response to the insurgent group. The clashes take place in Sanjan in Kapisa province and in Khost Wa Fereng district in Baghlan.
Resistance forces, meanwhile, are also waging a fierce fight against the Taliban in Panjshir province, forcing the Sunni Pashtun group to withdraw. The counterattack is the result of the violation of the ceasefire by the Taliban in Panjshir.
Panjshir is the only province not captured by the Taliban, who seized power in Afghanistan earlier this month following the withdrawal of US forces. The counterattack comes days after the Islamic State terrorist group carried out explosions near Kabul airport in which more than 150 people and 13 US soldiers were killed.
After the attacks, Saleh called on the world to unite against terrorism. “The world must not bow to terrorism. Let us not allow Kabul airport to be the place of humiliation of humanity and of a ‘rules-based world order’. Do not die psychologically”, he tweeted on Friday.
He also attacked the Taliban for distancing themselves from the Islamic State. Saleh said the Taliban learned from their master, Pakistan, to deny their links with ISIS.
There is still confusion among Taliban factions over the formation of an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan. According to reports from Afghanistan, the Haqqani network has taken control of the capital led by Anas Haqqani, brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the terrorist group and deputy leader of the Taliban. Sirajuddin Haqqani is said to convey instructions from Quetta.
Meanwhile, the Taliban faction led by Mullah Yaqoob, son of the late Mullah Omar and head of the Taliban military commission, is eyeing Kandahar, the traditional seat of the Pashtuns. Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Barader met Mullah Yaqoob after arriving from Doha on August 18. It was here in Kandahar that Mullah Yaqoob’s father was declared Emir ul Momeen on April 4, 1996. The Taliban religious leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akundzada, is still based in Karachi, Pakistan.
The Haqqani network is known as the most radical and violent branch of the Islamist movement. He carried out the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan in the past 20 years. The group was formed by Jalaluddin Haqqani, who was a valuable asset to the CIA in the 1980s. He then allied with the Taliban and also served as a minister between 1996 and 2001.