Infographic: Anti-Taliban Groups in Afghanistan

Wednesday, 6 July 2022 - 10:49
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After the fall of the Afghan government under the presidency of Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan, about 14 groups have announced their existence in different regions of the country with the aim of fighting the Taliban.

It should be noted that some of these groups, such as ISIS-K and the Resistance Movement for Justice, were also active in Afghanistan before the fall of Ashraf Ghani’s government.

The list and details of anti-Taliban groups in Afghanistan are as follows:

1- Resistance Movement for Justice (under the command of Abdul Ghani Alipour):
Start of activity in 2013. Activities in Maidan Wardak, Ghor, Daykundi, Ghazni, Uruzgan and Bamyan provinces. A part of the former forces of Hezb-e Wahdat-e Islami and under the influence of Martyr Abdul Ali Mazari are present in this group. Ethnicity: Hazara.

2- ISIS-K (Islamic State – Khorasan Province):
Start of activity in April 2015. Activity in the eastern and northern regions of Afghanistan. With Salafi jihadist and Wahhabism tendencies.

3- Afghan National Resistance Front (forces loyal to Ahmad Massoud):
Start of activity on 15 August 2021. Activity in Panjshir, Baghlan, Kapisa and Parwan provinces. Ethnicity: Tajik.

4- Afghanistan Freedom Front (forces loyal to General Yasin Zia, Chief of Army Staff of the former government):
Start of activity on 4 February 2022. Activity in Takhar, Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces.

5- Afghanistan Free People Front:
Start of activity on 7 February 2022. Activities in Khost, Kapisa, Kabul, Parwan and other provinces of Afghanistan. This group does not follow a single and specific commander and they are allies of Ahmad Massoud’s forces.

6- Turkestan Freedom Tigers (forces loyal to Yar Mohammad Dostum, son of General Abdul Rashid Dostum, leader of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan):
Start of activity on 8 February 2022. Activities in Jawzjan and Faryab provinces. Ethnicity: Uzbek.

7- National Islamic Movement for the Liberation of Afghanistan (forces loyal to General Khaled Aziz, one of the army commanders in of the former government):
Start of activity on 23 February 2022. Activity in Nangarhar, Kunar and Helmand provinces. Ethnicity: Pashtun.

8- Freedom and Democracy Front:
Start of activity on 24 March 2022. Activities in the Shiite areas and central provinces of Afghanistan. The members of this group follow the thoughts of Martyr Abdul Ali Mazari. Ethnicity: Hazara.

9- Supreme Council of Resistance (forces loyal to Atta Muhammad Nur, one of the heads of Jamiat-e Islami party):
Start of activity on 25 March 2022. Activity in the northern and central provinces of Afghanistan. Ethnicity: Tajik and Hazara.

10- People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan:
Start of activity on 9 April 2022. Activity in Kabul province. With the tendency and thoughts of communism.

11- Western Nuristan Liberation Front:
Start of activity on 9 April 2022. Activity in Nuristan province.

12- Rise of Freedom:
Start of activity on 5 May 2022. Activity in the Sang-2 Takht district located in Daykundi province. Influenced by the thoughts of Martyr Abdul Ali Mazari. Ethnicity: Hazara.

13- Wolf Units (forces loyal to General Abdul Rashid Dostum, leader of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan):
Start of activity on 6 May 2022. Activity in Barkah district in Baghlan province.

14- Patriotic Front:
Start of activity on 10 May 2022. Activity in Ghazni, Kabul and Herat provinces.

Last update on July 5, 2022.

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