Ahmad Massoud, 32, son of Ahmad Shah Massoud --a charismatic anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban resistance commander known as the "Lion of Panjshir" -- has reportedly assembled a coalition of several thousand fighters.
Massoud has been joined in the Panjshir Resistance by caretaker President Amrullah Saleh and former defense minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi.
According to reports, the resistance forces attacked Taliban insurgents in the Charikar area of the Parwan province on Tuesday (August 17).
The recapture of Charikar is critical as it lies between the passes connecting Kabul with Mazar-i-Shariff, the largest city in Northern Afghanistan, through the Salang tunnel.
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