1. In wars fought through propaganda, it's difficult to discern what's really happening. This video posted less than 24 hours ago purports to be from #Bamyan. That is due west of Kabul. If the reports of Taliban being forced out of most of #Panjshir are

2. accurate the other reports of #AfghanResistance gains in the area west of Panjshir combined with this and other reports of advances can give hope to areas of Afghanistan that could be expected to resist a Pakistani invasion to install a Pak controlled al-Qaeda junta.
3. My review of the government controlled media from China, Russia and the Stans surrounding Afghanistan evidence a consensus may be forming against the Taliban. Pakistan's denials of involvement have likely frozen the Pak air force along with the Turks who IMO
4. were part of the air assault on Panjshir in the opening days of the battle. Taliban without air support, levels the ground. Wits and courage of the fighters is what will decide the battles. The Pak Al-Qaeda Taliban forces are now viewed by a large part of Afghans as a
5. foreign force. That image will not be easy to erase from the Afghan consciousness. In the pas 20 years, the US and its partners have built infrastructure, developed an education system and created the basis for a functioning civil society
6. that the Taliban & their Pakistani masters hope to transform into infrastructure for a terrorist Caliphate to once again project jihadist terror world-wide. Besides Pakistan puppet masters the Taliban are allied only with Qatar & Turkey who together hope to remain invisible
7. actors in the global terrorist network hidden behind a false alliance with the war on terror when, in fact, they stand at the van of the terrorist forces that seek to destroy democracy, equality and religious pluralism with a goal to make us slaves to the terrorist Caliphate.

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