Afghan opposition leader warns civil war ‘unavoidable’ if Taliban refuse talks

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Afghan opposition leader warns civil war ‘unavoidable’ if Taliban refuse talks
Amid chaotic US withdrawal, Ahman Massoud, who leads force in only province yet to fall to Islamist group, vows ‘staunch resistance’ if power-sharing agreement rejected
By TOI staff and Agencies

As the Taliban seek to consolidate power in the Afghan capital of Kabul amid the US’s chaotic withdrawal from the country, one of the only remaining opposition leaders offering a flicker of resistance has said that a civil war is inevitable without a power-sharing agreement.

Ahmad Massoud, the son of a famous Northern Alliance commander assassinated days before the 9/11 attacks, told the Al-Arabiya news network Sunday that an internal conflict was “unavoidable” if the Taliban refused to enter into talks with opposition forces.

“If Taliban warlords launch an assault, they will of course face staunch resistance from us,” Massoud told the Dubai-based news channel, while also expressing openness to dialogue with the Taliban. “We confronted the Soviet Union, and we will be able to confront the Taliban,” he said. In an opinion piece published by The Washington Post last week, Massoud asked for weapons and aid to fight the Taliban.

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