La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, September 4, 2021, p. 2. 3
Kabul. Taliban sources assured yesterday that their fighters took control of the Panshir valley, in the north of Kabul, where rebels entrenched themselves in order to confront the new regime. However, the leader of the resistance, former vice president Amrullah Saleh, dismissed the information and assured that his forces, made up of volunteers and members of the army, continue to fight, in an interview with the German station Deutsche Welle.
Saleh maintained that the fight against the Taliban has not stopped in Panshir, north of this capital, and that the area remains under the control of elements of the army of the overthrown Afghan government.
The United States will receive more than 50 thousand people evacuated from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power, announced the Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. He claimed that the United States has received more than 40,000 people from Afghanistan since the fall of Kabul last month.
A quarter of those who have come are US citizens or residents. Among the others, said the secretary, there are people who got special visas for having helped the troops of the United States or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Also in this group are people who have applied for – but have not received – that visa and people considered vulnerable under the Taliban regime, such as women, minors and members of civil organizations.
In the United States, US military bases hosting evacuees from Afghanistan are building their own urban-type leadership organizations to address sanitation, food, and other problems as the number of people arriving in the United States increases. United from the country in conflict.
Air Force General Glen VanHerck, who heads the US Northern Command, indicated that as of yesterday there were more than 25,000 Afghan evacuees staying at the eight bases.
He acknowledged that there have been problems, as the grassroots have to deal with language, culture and other issues.
He pointed out to the Pentagon reporters that he is building eight small cities, we are going to have challenges. He added that the bases have appointed a military officer as mayor to be in charge of a couple of dormitories or housing units and an Afghan counterpart who can communicate any issues that arise. He noted that the Northern Command has asked the Department of Defense for more linguists to speak fluently with Afghans.
A defense official said the number of Afghans at each of the eight bases will fluctuate over time, but as of yesterday the approximate totals were: Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, 8,800; Fort Bliss, Texas, 6,200; Fort Lee, Virginia, 1,700; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, 3,700; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, 650; Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia, 800; Fort Pickett, Virginia, 3,650, and Camp Atterbury, Indiana, 65.
A small group of Afghan women protested near the Kabul presidential palace on Friday to demand equal rights from the Taliban, who are working to form a government in Afghanistan and seeking international recognition.