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Afghanistan, resistance against the Taliban is surprisingly growing

In Afghanistan, local resistance against the Taliban is surprisingly growing. The National Resistance Front is rampant in Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kapisa, Panjshir, Takhar and Nangarhar

Resistance against the Taliban is growing unexpectedly in Afghanistan. This was reported by the Long War Journal, which has been following the developments in the Asian country closely for years. The Islamic Emirate had its golden moment from August 2021 to April 2022, when it neutralized or expelled internal enemies, heavily penalized by the departure of international forces. Then, however, the militiamen had to counter the growing threat of ISIS Khorasan Province (ISIS-K, ISKP) and the continuing worsening of the social and humanitarian crisis in the nation. As a result, they were “distracted” and did not duly take into account some signals on the internal side. Result: they suffered a boom in attacks in particular in five provinces in the north (Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kapisa, Panjshir and Takhar) and in one in the east, Nangarhar. Moreover, all the offensives against the IEA were led by the National Resistance Front (NRF).

The Islamic Emirate tries to react, sending reinforcements and experienced commanders to the area, but to no avail. Meanwhile, resistance is advancing and could soon spread to other provinces as well

Obviously, the Taliban continue to officially downplay the threat of resistance in Afghanistan, claiming that it does not exist or is in any case insignificant. In reality, however, the Islamic Emirate has begun to send numerous reinforcements to Panjshir and Baghlan, systematically annihilated by the “rebels” thanks to the knowledge of the terrain and the support of the local population. Finally, the IEA appointed Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir as the military commander of the Andarab district, the most turbulent in the region, and Mullah Mohammad Tayab Haqqani as the local police chief. Both militiamen are veterans, known for their experience in the field (Zakir was also detained in Guantanamo and is part of the Taliban military commission), but they know little about the territory which, given its morphological characteristics, clearly benefits the defenders over the attackers. Not even they, in fact, are able to stop the resistance, which continues to grow and which could soon spread to other provinces as well.

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