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The flag of the "Northern Alliance" was raised in Panjshir in the first resistance against the Taliban

The flag of the “Northern Alliance” was raised in Panjshir in the first resistance against the Taliban

Amid complete control of Afghanistan by the Taliban, a resistance force led by Ahmed Massoud, son of the late Afghan politician Ahmed Shah Massoud, is reported to be gathering strength in the Panjshir Valley. The flag of the “Northern Alliance” or the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of the Afghans has been raised since 2001 in the Panjshir Valley.

A similar photo was shared by a Twitter account with the name Noorullah Durrani whose bio reads as “Afghan by birth, South African by citizenship.”

Afghan soldiers, who managed to hide from Taliban forces, also apparently began arriving in Panjshir at the invitation of Ahmed Masoud, a Twitter user who shared it in another post.

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The account also shared a video of Massoud, apparently urging his citizens to join him for the freedom of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the co-founder of the Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, returned to Afghanistan, hours after the group called on government employees to return to work, although residents reacted cautiously and a few women took to the streets.

Baradar returned from Qatar, where he spent months leading talks with the United States, then Afghan peace negotiators signaled the Islamist militant group’s return to power after the U.S.-backed government in Kabul was toppled without any resistance.

Tens of thousands of people have tried to flee the country to escape the expected hardline Islamist rule under the Taliban, or for fear of direct retaliation for siding with the US-backed government that has ruled for the past two decades.

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