Afghan Resistance Claims Strike on Taliban, in the Heart of Kabul, Reflecting New Urban Strategy as Fighting Season Begins

The National Resistance Front vows to put a special focus on urban areas, particularly Kabul, the country’s capital.

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A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of an explosion in front of a school at Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 19, 2022. AP/Ebrahim Noroozi

The National Resistance Front in Afghanistan is claiming that their strike on the Taliban at the heart of Kabul reflects a new strategy by the resistance as the traditional spring fighting season begins.

Akhbar Al Aan’s Natiq Malikzada reports that militants with the Front have attacked some five Taliban locations, including attacks on at least three Taliban checkpoints in recent days. The NRF claims that it has killed seven members of the Taliban in the attacks.

“The National Resistance Front’s brave forces attacked a Taliban terrorist checkpoint in front of the Serena Hotel, near the Presidential Palace,” the NRF said in a post sent to the Sun and also posted to X. “No harm was done to the resistance forces or civilians in this operation.”

The NRF is a resistance group in Afghanistan that is fighting the Taliban, who remain firmly in control of the country. The NRF’s leader, Ahmad Massoud, is the son of the legendary mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, known as the “Lion of Panjshir,” who was assassinated by Al Qaeda two days before 9/11. The NRF comprises the remnants of the Lion’s Northern Alliance.

The Sun was not able to independently confirm the NRF report. However, the NRF’s head of foreign relations, Ali Nazary, tells the Sun that the attacks mark a change in the group’s strategy to focus on urban areas.

“We will be targeting more strategic areas this year,” Mr. Nazary says, “with a special focus on urban areas, especially Kabul.” Mr. Nazary said that NRF has been on the attack in Kabul for “the last two weeks.” The group “has intensified its efforts in Kabul city and across the country,” Mr. Nazary adds.

“These operations underscore the increasing backing for the NRF across Afghanistan,” Mr. Nazary adds, “showcasing our strategic capabilities in confronting the Taliban terrorist group and the other 20 plus terror networks” in the country.

Mr. Nazary contends that the “liberation of Afghanistan is inevitable and will happen regardless of the level of external support the people of Afghanistan have.”

In an interview with Reuters last year, Mr. Massoud said that his group would not recognize the Taliban as legitimate unless they held elections, which is not expected to happen. He promised to wage a guerrilla campaign against the Taliban.

“The Taliban are refusing any talks of negotiation, and they just want the world and the people of Afghanistan to just accept that this is the only way going forward, which it is not,” Mr. Massoud said at the time.


This story has been revised and expanded from the bulldog. 

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