Former Afghan General Vows New War Against Taliban After Eid Festival

Sami Sadat, a young former Afghan general on Friday said they “are ready to wage war” against the Taliban after Islamic Eid festival.

“We have a plan to return to Afghanistan next month to begin our operations against the Taliban,” Sadat told BBC, and vowed to carry “anything and everything in our powers,” to liberate Afghanistan from the Taliban and to reestablish a democratic system.

Without giving any specific timeline, Sadat said that they will “continue fighting the Taliban until we get our freedom.”

Sadat also attacked Taliban for “misquoting and misinterpretation of the verses of Holy Quran” for political purposes, and slammed Taliban for its harsh Islamic restrictions and also opposing basic human rights, including the rights of women and girls.

“We have initially planned to give the Taliban 12 months to see if they would change, but unfortunately, they become more brutal,” Sadat added.

Sadat also said that he is in contact with the National Resistance Front (NRF), a group led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud.

“I am in contact with my brother Ahmad Massoud,” Sadat said, adding he supports Massoud’s actions in every way, and said he is also in contact with other resistance groups. 

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August-15 during the last days of US and NATO-led forces withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of presence.

Sadat, who commanded Afghan government forces in the southern province of Helmand was appointed as head of Afghan Special Forces and arrived in Kabul in August, just 15 days after the collapse of the western-backed Afghan government.

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