The son of a legendary mujahideen commander is leading an uprising in Aghanistan which has already killed between 60 to 100 Taliban.
Ahmad Massoud, 32, is heading up the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan against the extremist group, following in the footsteps of his fighter father Ahmad Shah Massoud.
The young Massoud was educated in Britain, having gained a degree from King’s College London before going on a one-year military course at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy.
Afghanistan’s top spy and ousted Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who has a network of spies inside Kabul, is backing Massoud and his rebel army.
A source told the Mirror: “Over the past three days, remnants of the Afghan National Defence and Security Force made their way to Panjshir.
"They are bolstering, joining and supporting Massoud’s alliance.
"The Taliban are being attacked on several fronts in multiple assaults but they will send reinforcements north to fight back.”
Massoud’s father – known as the “lion of Panjshir” – was murdered by al-Qaeda days before 9/11.
He led the CIA-backed Northern Alliance, which ousted the Taliban in 2002 and stabilised the country.
It is hoped the attacks led by his son may buy more evacuation time.
In a letter to The Washington Post asking for weapons and aid, he said: “I am ready to follow in my father’s footsteps, with mujahideen fighters who are prepared to once again take on the Taliban.
"We have stores of ammunition and arms that we have patiently collected since my father's time, because we knew this day might come."
Massoud fears that Taliban rule in Afghanistan will once again give al-Qaeda the freedom to plot a 9/11 style atrocity – possibly in the UK.
He said: “The Taliban is not a problem for the Afghan people alone. Under Taliban control, Afghanistan will become Ground Zero of radical Islamist terrorism. Plots against democracies will be hatched here once again.”
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