Vice-President of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh declared himself the head of state. About this he wrote on Twitter microblogging.
Saleh recalled that according to the Constitution of Afghanistan, in the absence of the president, the vice president is the acting head of state. He also called on Afghans to join the fight against the Taliban. “Unlike the US and NATO, we have not lost our presence of mind and we see great opportunities ahead. The useless warnings are over. Join the resistance, he said. “We have to prove that Afghanistan is not Vietnam, but the Taliban – not even remotely the Viet Cong army.”
Saleh stressed that he is now in Afghanistan and is establishing contact with world leaders to enlist their support.
The Taliban approached Kabul on August 15, after which the authorities left the capital. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Later, he himself explained this by saying that he wanted to “stop the bloodshed”, writes “Jellyfish”. Its whereabouts are not known for certain. There were reports that Ghani flew to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan or Oman. On the evening of August 15, the Taliban entered Kabul without meeting any resistance. At the moment, they control almost the entire territory of Afghanistan. Only on the territory of the capital’s airport are the American military, which ensure the evacuation of foreigners and Afghans on military transport aircraft.
The ethnic Tajik Amrullah Saleh was a mujahid in the 1990s and fought in the units of the Northern Alliance. From 2004 to 2010, he was the head of the Afghan National Security Directorate, and in 2018-2019, he was acting. Minister of Internal Affairs of Afghanistan.
On July 28, 2019, Saleh, known for his irreconcilable stance towards the Taliban, was assassinated. Then the militants seized and held for several hours the headquarters of the Green Movement party, which he headed. Amrullah Saleh himself was lightly wounded. The attack killed 20 people and injured 50 more.