by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

September 10, 2021

AFGHANISTAN – After Taliban promises of an inclusive government and amnesty, the Taliban have executed the brother of former Afghan vice president Amrullah Saleh’s who has become one of the leaders of anti-Taliban opposition forces in the Panjshir valley.

The news that Saleh’s brother Rohullah Azizi had been killed came just days after Taliban forces seized control of Panjshir.  Sources on the ground stated that the Taliban refused the Saleh family’s request of a proper burial and according to Ebadullah Saleh, the Taliban insisted that his body should be left rot as an example of an “Enemy of the State”.  According to the Taliban’s information service Alemarah, Rohullah Saleh was killed during fighting in Panjshir. 

Even after the fall of Panjshir’s provincial capital Bazarak, the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, which brings together opposition forces loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud, has pledged to continue fighting the Taliban.  However, their resistance is likely to fail since there have been reports of Taliban fighters utilizing abandoned US military weapons and night vision goggles.  Darkness continues to cover Afghanistan.