The Taliban claim to have taken over more districts in Panjshir province, where they fight the National Resistance Front
MADRID, 5 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, Mark Milley, has warned of the “probable” development of a “civil war” in Afghanistan, which would lead to the “reconstitution of Al Qaeda or the growth of the Islamic State”.
“It is likely that the conditions for a civil war will develop in Afghanistan (…). I do not know if the Taliban are going to consolidate power and establish governance,” Milley said in an interview with the US medium Fox News.
The general has stressed that the “great probability of a broad civil war” would lead to “conditions that could lead to the reconstitution of Al Qaeda or the growth of Islamic States and other terrorist groups.”
Afghanistan was the country that saw the birth of Al Qaeda in the late 1980s and twice served as a refuge for its leader, Usama bin Laden, and to this day it would continue to shelter its current ‘number one’, Ayman al Zawahiri.
“You could see a resurgence of terrorism coming from that region in general within twelve, 24, 36 months. And we are going to monitor that,” Milley continued, to assume the increased difficulty of working on security in the region. now that the United States has withdrawn from the Central Asian country.
On the other hand, he has assured that the United States “will continue to carry out attack operations” in case there are threats to the country.
The warning of a “civil war” in Afghanistan comes as intense fighting is taking place on the territory between the Taliban and the Afghan National Resistance Front in Panjshir province.
The resistance has its stronghold there and until the early hours of this Saturday it has denied that the Taliban have taken control of the territory, although they continue to affirm progress in it.
One of the spokesmen for the insurgency, Bilal Karimi, has indicated, through his Twitter profile, that, until this Sunday morning, the Taliban had taken over “almost the entire province”, “except for the districts of Roja and Bazarak “. According to these statements, six of the eight districts of the province would be in the hands of the insurgents.
Taliban sources on Friday claimed to have taken Panjshir province, leading to celebratory shots in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing about 17, according to the Tolo network.
Then, the resistance denied the taking of the province, its stronghold, and now, the new details provided by the Taliban confirm that the fighting continues.