Afghan Taliban's Article Pays Tribute To Late Emir Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, Says: 'Afghans Will Soon Have Independence, Sovereignty, And An Islamic System'

June 1, 2021

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One of the websites of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) has published an article paying tribute to the organization's late emir Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor. He was the second emir of the Islamic Emirate, having succeeded Mullah Mohammad Omar, the first emir who ruled from Kabul during 1996-2001.

In the article, the writer Muhammad Jalal observes: "As a result of his hard work, we saw that people in every part of the country, all citizens of every ethnic group, found themselves in the mirror of the Islamic Emirate..."

Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2016. He was succeeded by Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the current emir of the Islamic Emirate.

Following is the text of the article:

"[Mullah Akhtar Mansoor]... Established An Exemplary Administrative, Political, And Military Framework In A Timespan Of Six Years Which Rivaled The Regime In Kabul Supported By A Global Coalition Of Disbelievers"

"On this day five years ago [May 21, 2016] another beacon of Afghanistan's independence and freedom was gone. On this day five years ago, the second emir and leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor [1968-2016] was martyred, and the Islamic Emirate was orphaned – militarily, politically, and administratively. The loss on this day was, however, an irreparable loss for the freedom fighters and common people of Afghanistan because they lost an important leader.

"Praise be to Allah, this leader left behind a legacy of deeds and principles for the [Islamic] Emirate and its fighters, which will be recorded in the name of Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor until eternity. He was a leader who, based on his political and military acumen, established an exemplary administrative, political, and military framework in a timespan of six years which rivaled the regime in Kabul supported by a global coalition of disbelievers.

"As a result of his hard work, we saw that people in every part of the country, all citizens of every ethnic group, found themselves in the mirror of the Islamic Emirate and, in addition to internal opponents, he convinced the majority of the international community that the struggle of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan against the invaders and as a whole is justified.

"No matter how much we talk about [the late] Emir-ul-Momineen Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and praise his deeds, his great personality, fighting spirit, and strong faith, it cannot be accommodated in few paragraphs because he was the leader who made the Islamic Emirate shine in difficult circumstances and steered it in challenging and turbulent times."

"He Wrote An Open Letter To American People To Put Pressure On Their Government So That They End The Occupation Of Afghanistan"

"When he was appointed as the deputy leader by Emir-ul-Momineen Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid [1960-2013] in the year 2010, it was a critical juncture for the resistance of Afghans. At the time, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was under immense physical and propaganda pressure as waves upon waves of fresh invaders were deployed to subdue and ultimately crush the Afghan resistance. The enemies used every possible means to weaken, divide, and defeat the Emirate, but praise be to Allah who supported Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor thwart all enemy plans and halt their advances.

"Moreover, following the demise of Mullah Muhammad Omar Mujahid when the spiritual and practical affairs of the Islamic Emirate were entrusted to him and he was sworn in as the leader, there were several challenges and difficulties. On one hand, there was the revolt of some power hungry individuals and the emergence ISIS cult commonly known as Daesh, and on the other, the occupiers intensified their military and propaganda war by propping new terrorists and creating various groups and militias.

Mullah Mohammad Omar, the first emir of the Islamic Emirate

"But despite these emerging challenges, obstacles, and difficulties, he led the Islamic Emirate with firm determination and resolve, neutered enemy plans and eliminated the enemies of Afghanistan. He withstood all the challenges and stood up to the disbelievers and corrupt elements like a mountain. At that time, he wrote an open letter to American people to put pressure on their government so that they end the occupation of Afghanistan.

"Today as we see that the Islamic Emirate gaining regional and international recognition of its position, it is all due to the sacrifices of leaders like Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor. His soldiers are working tirelessly for the fulfillment of his aspirations and God willing, Afghans will soon have independence, sovereignty, and an Islamic system in Afghanistan."

Source: (Afghanistan), May 22, 2021. The original English of the article has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.

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