Taliban take 20 children hostage from Kashnabad, Baghlan; The Northern Alliance ready to fight
In a shocking development of the Afghan crisis, the Taliban held up to 20 children hostage in the Kashnabad valley in Baghlan province on Sunday. The children, according to the sources, are those of men participating in the resistance against the regime of the militant group in the country. As a request for the release of the children, the group asked all the men to surrender. This is to weaken the resistance that is brewing in the war-torn country, in which three districts – Banu, Pol-e-Hesar and De Salah in the Afghan province of Baghlan have been captured.
A fight is currently taking place in the province of Baghlan. Using his official Twitter account, one of the commanders who partnered with the anti-Taliban Afghan National Resistance Front led by Ahmad Massoud wrote: “The Taliban sent a massive battalion from Kunduz to retake Baghlan. Although they are superior in numbers / artillery we will fight to the last man and take a position here. “
the Taliban sent a massive battalion from Kunduz to retake Baghlan. Although they are superior in numbers / artillery, we will fight to the last man and take a position here. If I die then I die a free man and not a slave to Pakistan Maybe my last tweet Allhumdulilah الحمد لله pic.twitter.com/cFPAppfoPLy
– Wazir Akbar Mohmand (@ AkbarMohmand2) August 21, 2021
Battle at Panjshir?
Earlier today, the Taliban issued a four-hour ultimatum to the Afghan National Resistance Anti-Taliban Front led by Ahmad Massoud in Panjshir. One of the members of the militant group, which is currently heading to Panjshir, said: “If they surrender, everything will be fine. Otherwise, we will punish. However, the resistance group made it clear that it was not going to curl up in front of the militant group. They held a rally with Afghan flags on Sunday, in which he called on the Afghan people to stand up and fight the brutality of the group.
Meanwhile, sources have claimed that the video of the Taliban heading towards Panjshir is nothing more than a facade created to confuse Afghans. The sources added that they are in fact headed for Baghlan province where a fight is in full swing between the two groups.
It is relevant to mention here that Banu, Pol-e-Hesar and De Salah provinces of Baghlan district are very close to Panjshir, where remnants of government forces and other militias gathered and started resistance.