Roughly 62 miles north-east of Kabul, is the Panjshir province of Afghanistan, they are last free province in the country.
Panjshir, translates to Five Lions from Persia, the area has never been conquered and remains a liberated zone.
As the Afghanistan president fled with millions of dollars, the vice president Amrulla Saleh rallied a resistance to halt the Taliban.
Clarity: As per d constitution of Afg, in absence, escape, resignation or death of the President the FVP becomes the caretaker President. I am currently inside my country & am the legitimate care taker President. Am reaching out to all leaders to secure their support & consensus.
— Amrullah Saleh (@AmrullahSaleh2) August 17, 2021
The province has put together an anti-Taliban coalition.
An anti-Taliban coalition seems to be forming, including Vice President @AmrullahSaleh2 and Ahmad Massoud, son of Ahmad Shah Massoud – they are in Panjsher, about three hours drive from Kabul #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/EbuF1UXlNY
— Yalda Hakim (@BBCYaldaHakim) August 16, 2021
There are also reports that Afghan soldiers are escaping to Panjshir to help mount a resistance and fortify the province.
#Now: Ahmad Masoud in #Panjshir valley with his patriots urging Afghans to join him for the freedom of their country. @ahmadmassoud01 is the son of the legendary national hero of #Afghanistan — Ahmad Shah Massoud.
Exclusive: @risetopeace pic.twitter.com/weflh2d3nA
— Ahmad Shah Mohibi (@ahmadsmohibi) August 17, 2021
Panjshir never fell to the Soviets and it is now holding out against the Taliban.
A video from an Afghan embassy worker reportedly shows Ahmad Massoud, son of the slain Afghan commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, boarding a helicopter for Panjshir, known as an anti-Taliban stronghold
Massoud is said to be gathering forces to start up resistance against the Taliban pic.twitter.com/vKOcDdSs1E
— GB News (@GBNEWS) August 16, 2021
The province of Panjshir is surrounded by Taliban strongholds however, they seem committed to form a resistance.
Joe Biden claimed that the people of Afghanistan refused to defend their country and that is only a half truth. Biden pulled out the contractors that serviced the country’s air force thereby grounding their air force. Biden basically called many of the people in Afghanistan cowards and is forsaking those that are mounting a resistance.
Pres Biden said “The Afghan political leaders gave up & fled the country” – but that is only true of Pres Ghani. The Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh is one of those leading the resistance in the Pansjir Valley where they are still fighting now, totally surrounded.
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) August 16, 2021
Even when Obama decided to pull out of Iraq he still allowed US forces to aid the Iraq’s and permitted special forces to work with the Iraqi military to fight ISIS. It was mayhem, many died, ISIS controlled a large portion of the country but even Obama didn’t flat out abandon the Iraqi’s. With US air support and assistance from special forces the Iraqi army began to beat back ISIS. Finally, the Trump administration went in and cleaned up Obama’s mess putting an end to ISIS.
American needed to leave Afghanistan but no one wanted American to leave like this.
It wasn’t like Biden didn’t know his own deadline. Joe could have kept troops at Bagram airfield removed all US civilians and those with visas meanwhile allowing the Air Force to support the local military. After we get are people out the Afghan military would be on their own but at least we wouldn’t have a disaster on our hands.
Instead, Biden just up and left leaving thousands of Americans stranded.