The Taliban has told leaders of the National Resistance Front they could return to Afghanistan during a rare meeting in Tehran, one of the first signs of rapprochement between the Taliban and their opponents.
In an exclusive interview with TRT World, Ahmad Wali Massoud shares his thoughts on the staying power of the Taliban-led Islamic Emirate, the future of the resistance, and what the US and Britain both got wrong.
On Monday night, Dashty, a well-known journalist and a close confidante of anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, was killed in a fierce Taliban offensive in the Panjshir Valley, leaving many Afghans in shock and despair.
Taliban forces reach Anabah district, some 25 kms north inside 115-km-long valley, says Italian aid agency, which runs a hospital there. Unconfirmed reports suggest Taliban fighters seized other areas too from so-called National Resistance Front.
A spokesperson for National Resistance Forces, a group loyal to Ahmad Massoud, says fighting occurred on the western entrance to the valley where the Taliban attacked NRF positions.
US President Biden is under increasing pressure to extend an August 31 deadline to pull out American forces, with Britain to lobby at a virtual G7 summit for a longer presence.
Afghanistan, often referred to as the ‘graveyard of the empires’, is often written about but is constantly misunderstood, and the same goes for the Taliban.
Tucked away in the mountains, the region has withstood forces wishing to tame its population for 200 years. The Taliban are the only ones who've got a second chance.
The failure of US-led forces to address grassroots issues and the absence of a strong Afghan government has led to the resurgence of the Taliban, experts say.
Ahmad Massoud envisions a political setup in which people of every ethnicity have a say.
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