Kabul Airport (AFP)
According to Washington, the Taliban took place on Sunday in the Banshir Valley, the last stronghold of the armed struggle for Afghanistan’s new government as civil war erupts.
Since the withdrawal of US troops from the country on August 30, Islamist forces have launched several attacks on the valley, 80 km north of Kabul.
Banshir Valley is an old anti-Taliban stronghold that was overthrown by Al Qaeda in 2001 by the famous commander Ahmed Shah Masood in the late 1990s. Today it is the National Opposition Front (FNR).
Led by Major Masood’s son Ahmed Masood, the FNR was made up of local militants and former members of the Afghan security forces who came to the valley when the rest of the country fell to the Islamists.
According to the Italian NGO Emergency in Panshir, Taliban forces arrived in Anaba on Friday night, a town about 25 km from the valley, which is 115 km long.
“Many people have left the villages in the area in recent days,” the NGO added in a statement, which said it was treating “a small number of injured people at the Anaba Surgical Center”.
For his part, the Taliban official said on Twitter that various parts of Banshir were already in the hands of the regime, while FNR spokesman Ali Mysam Nazari assured the opposition on Facebook that it would “never fail”.
– “Reconstruction of Al Qaeda” –
Some reports contradicting former Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s comments said that a “large-scale humanitarian crisis” was taking place after the “Taliban attack” in which thousands of people had been displaced.
Relations with the Banshir Valley are so complex that no independent source can confirm this information or the real progress of the Taliban in the area.
Faced with this chaotic situation, US Commander-in-Chief General Mark Mille considered the “conditions of civil war” “likely to meet in Afghanistan.”
I think there is “at least a strong probability of a civil war,” which could lead to “the reconstruction of Al Qaeda or the strengthening of ISIS.” [el grupo Estado Islámico] Or from other terrorist groups, ”he stressed in an interview with the American network Fox News on Saturday.
At the political level, the organization of the new Taliban executive, originally scheduled for Friday, is also expected this Sunday.
Meanwhile, the international community warned that the Islamic movement, which had returned to power twenty years after being overthrown by the US-led coalition, would be judged for its actions.
The movement founded by Mullah Omar, since he took office on August 15, has vowed to start an “inclusive” government and respect the rights of women, which was trampled on during his last term (1996-2001).
For many, promises that are hard to believe. On Saturday, for the second day in a row, dozens of women protested in Kabul demanding that their rights be respected and that they participate in a future executive committee.
– “Country without artists” –
In the humanitarian field, though the situation is more complicated, the sky is clear.
Qatar announced on Saturday that it had sent 15 tons of humanitarian aid from around the world to Afghanistan, noting that the number of related flights would increase “in the coming days.”
The United Nations, which has warned of an “immediate humanitarian catastrophe” in the country this week, will hold a meeting on September 13 to increase humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
It has been almost three weeks since the Taliban took control of the country and the diplomatic swing has already begun. US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen is visiting Qatar from Monday to Wednesday, which is at the center of the dialogue with the new Afghan government.
Pakistani military intelligence chief Faiz Hamid was seen in Kabul on Saturday, where he met with Taliban officials who maintain close ties to Islamabad.
And 5,000 km from Kabul, the Afghan crisis reached the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, where two Afghan filmmakers denounced the Taliban’s coming to power as pushing the art world into a dramatic situation.
“Imagine a country without artists!” It was started by 38-year-old director Zahra Karimi, who has won awards at various festivals.
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