Afghan Opposition Commander Defects to Taliban
ISLAMABAD (May 1) XINHUA - An eminent opposition commander in Afghanistan has
recently defected to the ruling Taliban militia along with some 3,000
supporters, news reports reaching here said Sunday.
Commander Abdullah Jan, who controlled the Daulat Shahi district in the
eastern Afghan province of Laghaman, told a news conference Sunday that he
decided not to fight against Taliban troops after realizing the "futility" of
lasting civil war in the country.
Jan, an ally of chief opposition commander Ahmad Shah Masood, addressed the
press conference in Kabul along with the Taliban's Foreign Minister Wakil
Ahmad Mutawakel and Defense Minister Mawlawi Obaidllah.
Daulat Shahi is a strategically crucial district, located at the access to
Masood's stronghold of Panjsher valley northeast of Kabul.
Jan, who joined the ruling militia a week ago, said some 3,000 armed troops
under his command also joined the Taliban.
However, he said he would not fight against Masood and voiced the hope there
would be no need for any fighting in Afghanistan, which has been ravaged by
civil war for two decades.
The Taliban, who have more than 80 percent of the Afghan territory under
their control, are fighting opposition troops loyal to Masood in the northern
part of the country
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