Afghan Taliban Envision Execution Of President Ashraf Ghani As They Hanged Dr. Najibullah At United Nations Office In Kabul In 1996

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February 18, 2021

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To mark the 32nd anniversary of the Soviet military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) has published an article and a statement on one of its websites in which it draws parallels with the current U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and plan to leave the country. The Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979, and withdrew a decade later on February 15, 1989.

In the article, titled "Soviet Bear vs Afghan Pride: A lesson for all" and written by Muhammad Jalal, the Islamic Emirate envisions a scenario unfolding now in Afghanistan like the one following the Soviet withdrawal in 1989 in which the victorious mujahideen hanged then Afghan President Dr. Najibullah.

"The communist regime in Kabul, led by Najibullah, which was under heavy attacks by the mujahideen, was counting the last moments of its survival like today's authoritarian regime led by Ashraf Ghani. After the withdrawal of Soviet forces, both regime officials and the international community saw the fall of Najibullah's government in the face of mujahideen onslaughts after three years [and the hanging of Najibullah by the mujahideen in the Kabul headquarters of the United Nations in 1996]," the author notes in the article.

Dr. Najibullah, who resigned in 1992, had taken refuge in the UN office in Kabul when the jihadis seized the UN headquarters and hanged him publicly. The current government of President Ashraf Ghani is a popularly elected democratic government with commitments to secular and democratic values. However, during the Trump years, the Islamic Emirate (the Taliban jihadi group) gained international diplomatic legitimacy during the 18 months of U.S.-Taliban talks in Doha, Qatar, while both the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and jihadi group banished the elected Afghan government from the entire the Doha negotiations process.[1]

Ultimately, a U.S.-Taliban agreement, to which the elected Afghan government was not a party and which the Taliban and other jihadi groups saw as a victory, was signed, while during the negotiations the Taliban and Al-Qaeda continued to collaborate with each other, according to a United Nations Security Council report.[2]

"The current conditions in our country are exactly the same again as then, as a large number of American-led forces have left Afghanistan with a similar defeat while a limited number remain," the article notes, warning that "slaves" like Ashraf Ghani could meet the fate of Dr. Najibullah: "God willing, the fate of every invader and slave will be the same as that of the Soviets and their slaves."[3]

Following is the text of the article and the statement – as published originally in English on the Islamic Emirate's official website:[4]

The Article: "The American-Backed Government [In Afghanistan] Is Incapable Of Dealing With Internal Divisions And Battlefield Setbacks"

"[...] The Soviets acknowledged their failure, withdrew from Afghanistan, and stopped their bleeding wound. The final and complete withdrawal of Soviet combat forces from Afghanistan began on 15 May 1988 and ended on 15 February 1989 under the leadership of General Boris Gromov. The Kabul-based communists considered themselves more loyal to communism than Soviets and even branded them (the Soviets) as weak communists; and they also they killed their own leaders one after another for the sake of loyalty to Soviets.

"The Soviet invaders spent almost ten years in Afghanistan trying to subdue Afghans but before their aspirations could be fulfilled, they were drowned in their blood and brought down by this proud nation. The Kremlin realized in the fifth year of its occupation of Afghanistan that their [1979] military invasion of Afghanistan was a historic mistake. It was then that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachov called Afghanistan a bleeding wound for the Soviets; and they decided to gradually withdraw their forces.

"General Boris Gromov, the commander-in-chief of the Soviet forces in Afghanistan, said this on their defeat as he crossed the Hairatan Bridge: 'Our arrival in Afghanistan was a big mistake of our officials. We will tell our next generation never to repeat this mistake again.'

"The communist regime in Kabul, led by Najibullah, which was under heavy attacks by the mujahideen, was counting the last moments of its survival like today's authoritarian regime led by Ashraf Ghani. After the withdrawal of Soviet forces, both regime officials and the international community saw the fall of Najibullah's government in the face of mujahideen onslaughts after three years [and the hanging of Najibullah by the mujahideen].

"The current conditions in our country are exactly the same again as then, as a large number of American-led forces have left Afghanistan with a similar defeat while a limited number remain. The American-backed government is incapable of dealing with internal divisions and battlefield setbacks. The Americans, international community, and the Afghans are all predicting the collapse of this corrupt authoritarian regime, but they are still urging the Americans to stay for their illegitimate survival.

"The Soviet invasion and their nearly ten-year war was the last nail in the coffin of communism as their slogans of invincibility were shattered and their arrogant hopes of ruling the world vanished. God willing, the fate of every invader and slave will be the same as that of the Soviets and their slaves. The pride of the defeat of communism forms a shining part of Afghanistan's history. Blessed are those who were involved in one form or another during the war in those days. May God accept their sacrifices, efforts, and hard work. They are the pride and glory of Afghanistan.

"The then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachov understood that the Soviet Union's troublesome economic and international situation was complicated by its involvement in the Afghan War and thus he decided to end it. Today as we see a horizontally and vertically divided American society, troubled American economy, and damaged international reputation, so it's the best option for American administration under Joe Biden to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan in line with the Doha agreement to salvage themselves."

The Statement: "The Topic Of End Of Current [American] Occupation Of Afghanistan And Withdrawal Of Invaders Is Headline Of Every News And Public Discussion"

"History is a witness to the fact that our beloved homeland Afghanistan has repeatedly been a target of great incursions and invasions. However, no matter the magnitude, brutality and terror projected by these invaders, our believing nation has valiantly confronted and ultimately defeated the invaders with divine help of Almighty Allah.

"Among these great interventions was the soviet invasion of Afghanistan which was challenged by our nation with extraordinary courage and jihadic resistance, culminating in the Soviet invaders retreating from our homeland in complete humiliation and humility on the 26th of Dalwa 1367 (Hijri Solar). We congratulate our faithful and noble people on the occasion of this historical day and beseech Allah to accept and reward all the martyrs, displaced, maimed, and mujahideen of the previous jihad.

"The 32nd anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal has approached at a time when the topic of end of current [American] occupation of Afghanistan and withdrawal of invaders is headline of every news and public discussion. Availing this unique opportunity, we would like to call on all participants of the current occupation to learn lessons from the fate of the Soviet Union and failed experiences of the current two-decade occupation, and bring an end to their criminal invasion.

"26th of Dalwa testifies to the fact that no matter the strength of occupier, it shall be doomed to failure in the face of the legitimate struggle of the Afghan nation. Thus, in order to prevent further bilateral losses, do today what will unquestionably be happening tomorrow. To end, we would like to congratulate our proud nation on this historical day and give them glad tidings that our jihadic claim is truthful and Allah invariably aids the truth. Allah willing, we shall soon also be witnesses to the day when our homeland shall be completely free and rescued from foreign occupation."

 

[3] AlemarahEnglish.com (Afghanistan), February 14, 2021.

[4] AlemarahEnglish.com (Afghanistan), February 14, 2021.

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