Afghan Civilians took to the streets in Nangarhar, and were seen waving the flag of the Afghanistan Islamic Republic today as rumors of an Afghan resistance begin to spark across Twitter.
While the situation in Kabul continues to deteriorate, I wanted to take a minute to look at the rest of Afghanistan. I honestly needed a break from looking at the footage of desperate Afghans trying to evacuate the city while U.S. Troops held them back so evacuees could board planes in a safe manner. To my surprise, I found quite the interesting thing appears to be happening according to Twitter feeds and rumors circulating in the back-channels of the internet.
Panjshir has not surrendered to the Taliban. In fact, they have explicitly stated that they will not now, or ever, submit to Taliban rule. On top of this, it is rumored that thousands of Afghan Commandos have linked up with Northern Alliance fighters under the command of Ahmad Massoud, where they are forming a resistance of sorts. Hopefully they will fight long and hard, giving the Taliban a dose of their own medicine.
What's even more is the reaction of the Afghan public. Today, in Nangarhar, civilians were seen flooding the streets and waving the flag of the Afghanistan Islamic Republic. While I have seen no video evidence of it, there are also reports of mass protests in Khost, Jalalabad, and Kunar. It seems that when you give an entire generation a small taste of freedom, it might be enough to convince them it's worth fighting for in every way possible.
So, this might just be me taking a big hit of copium, but it seems there is still hope for Afghanistan, even in this dark hour.