With all the buzz of rekindling the Northern Alliance, we dug out some footage from the late 1990's showing the "Lion of Panjshir" Ahmad Shah Massoud successfully leading the infamous group in combat operations against the Taliban.
Massoud made a name for himself as a legendary warlord, backed by the US in the Soviet-Afghan War in the 1980s. As the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in the mid 1990s, Massoud stood up the Northern Alliance, a multi-ethnic army, and successfully defended Panjshir province and much of northern Afghanistan from Taliban control.
As the September 11, 2001 attack plans were being made by al Qaeda, with support from the Taliban, the terrorists knew the US would seek out Massoud as an ally to fight against them after their dastardly plans were carried out. For that reason they assassinated the Lion of Panjshir, just two days before 9-11. Two Taliban militants posed as journalists seeking an interview with Massoud and detonated an explosive device hidden in a camera, killing him instantly.
While the Lion may be dead, his legacy lives on. Panjshir is the only province to not fall during the 2021 Taliban offensive. Massoud's son and former Northern Alliance brethren, including the Afghan vice president Saleh, have sworn to resist the terrorist Taliban regime. They are currently reorganizing Afghan patriot forces in Panjshir to fight for their country.