- The leaders of the Northern Alliance, which took on the Taliban, have started planning again.
- Between 1996 and 2001, the Alliance defeated the Taliban in many areas.
- The Alliance had sabotaged the Taliban’s dream of ruling the whole of Afghanistan.
After the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban continues to advance, capturing new areas. Taliban militants have surrounded Ghazni, a city in the heart of Afghanistan. The terrorists have made their hideout in the homes of the civilians and from there they are firing on the Afghan soldiers.
Signal end of US-Taliban conflict on Monday
In fact, US General Austin Miller, who led the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, stepped down on Monday, marking the end of the US-Taliban conflict. However, the path of Taliban is not so easy either. The Northern Alliance, an organization of fighters who fought the Taliban in the 1990s, is about to rise again. From 1996 to 2001, this organization was supported by India, Russia and Iran. Now that the Taliban has raised its head again, the leaders of the Alliance have also started talks on the strategy.
Preparing to stand again in front of Taliban’s dream
Ismail Khan, the stalwart leader of Herat province, is now 70 years old, yet he is showing a tremendous urge to take on the Taliban. On the other hand, Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, who was the Vice President of the Northern Alliance, is also ready to gear up again. Our affiliate newspaper The Economic Times (ET) has learned that dozens of fighters under his leadership have vowed to bite the teeth of the Taliban. Apart from these, Atta Mohammad Noor, another ally of the Alliance, has also reiterated the resolve to eliminate the Taliban. Keep in mind that the same Northern Alliance faced the Taliban between 1996 and 2001, when it was at its peak, yet it could not capture the whole of Afghanistan because Alliance fighters stood as a wall in its path.
Uzbek, Tajik and Hazara fighters tighten their backs
According to information received by ET, thousands of fighters in the northern areas of Afghanistan have made up their mind to fight the Taliban again. These areas are dominated by Uzbek, Tajik and Hazara communities. The fighters of these communities are asking the Afghan government for the help of weapons and other equipment to defeat the Taliban. At the same time, the Afghan government has sought air help from India, Russia and the US because the Taliban inflict a lot of damage in airstrikes. President Ashraf Ghani’s government is giving priority to Russia’s air platform because Afghan soldiers have taken pilot training in Russia in the past. They are also used to Russian weapons.
Coup or limited to capture of certain areas?
Although fighting is going on in many provinces, but the Taliban has kept their focus on the areas adjacent to the northern border. There is great devastation going on there. In the last two months, many districts of these areas have come under Taliban control. On the other hand, the country’s first vice-president Amrullah Saleh said on Monday that the people of Afghanistan still have deep faith in government security forces. He said that the ‘martyrdom of the security forces is our pride’. He said that the Taliban may get some more areas in their hands, but their dream of ruling the whole of Afghanistan will never be fulfilled. However, it remains hidden in the womb of the future whether the Taliban will be able to topple the government of Ashraf Ghani or will have to be content with capturing some more areas.