Afghan Biographies

Massoud, Ahmad


Name Massoud, Ahmad
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth 1989
Function/Grade Leader of the Panjshir Resistance Front
History and Biodata

3. Biodata:
Ahmad Massoud was born 1989 in Panjshir. Ahmad is the oldest of Ahmad Shah Massoud's children and the only son among five daughters. He is the successor to continue his late father’s (Ahmad Shah Massoud) legacy – who was the leader of the Northern Alliance or the Resistance Movement which fought against the Soviet forces and the Taliban ahead of 9/11. His father – who was assassinated in a suicide blast by two al-Qaida members in Takhar Province on Sept. 9, 2001.

Ahmad Massoud  is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He finished his education in War Studies at King's College London. Ahmad has studied both warfare and international relations, taking in Western, Arab, Turkish, and Afghan perspectives. Ahmad studied the Taliban for his undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation and views them as a criminal franchise network engaged in drugs, kidnapping, and other organised crime. 

Ahmad has also spent time looking at the Taliban from an Islamic perspective, studying the faith and meeting Islamic scholars from across the Arab world and Turkey. Massoud's father's legacy lives on in capitals far away from Kabul. In Cairo, Algiers, and even in Riyadh, where locals welcome Ahmad with open arms telling him that he reminds them of his father. They tell Ahmad his father was right about the Arab extremists who came to fight in Afghanistan, and who later became vanguards of an international terrorist threat.
 

Speculation that Ahmad will one-day take over the country primarily comes from the international media rather than Ahmad himself, but that does not mean he is the only Massoud in the running. Two of his uncles, Ahmad Zia and Ahmad Wali Massoud have leadership ambitions and have backing from various regional powers. Ahmad Massoud on Thursday Sep 5, 2019  put himself forward as the figure capable of unifying the Afghan people and challenging an ascendent Taliban.

Ahmad Massoud put himself forward as the figure capable of unifying the Afghan people and challenging an ascendent Taliban. He
has the support of a number of former Jihadi leaders and his father’s close aides, including former Vice President Mohammad Yunus Qanooni. Hundreds of supporters of National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud at a ceremony in Panjshir Province on Thursday Sep 5, 2019 reaffirmed their allegiance to his son, Ahmad Massoud, as his successor to continue his father’s legacy
 

Meanwhile, the political office of Ahmad Massoud, the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the National Hero of Afghanistan, has said that people in Takhar, Baghlan, Kunduz and Samangan provinces are ready to start the second resistance against the Taliban under his leadership. Those who have taken up arms in Takhar have said that they are ready to fight under Massoud’s leadership.(20210427)
 

The 32-year-old son of late Ahmad Shah Massoud has pledged to hold out against the Taliban from his stronghold in the Panjshir valley. The region is known for its natural defenses and was also held out against the Taliban when they ruled Afghanistan in 1996-2001. In a recent Washington Post editorial, Ahmad Massoud said members of the Afghan military including some from the elite Special Forces units had rallied to his cause and he had appealed to some countries for help. Massoud said if the Taliban forms an inclusive government and guarantees equal rights to all Afghans, he will give up resistance in Panjshir.(20210902)

It is rumored Panjshir province has fallen. All of the people and soldiers from the resistance have been captured by the militants. Amrullah Saleh [self-proclaimed acting president] and Ahmad Massoud [the leader of the resistance forces] have fled," the source said.(20210903)

Former vice-president Amrullah Saleh is holed out in Panjshir alongside Ahmad Massoud  warned of a grim situation.

Saleh in a statement spoke of a “large-scale humanitarian crisis”, with thousands “displaced by the Taliban onslaught”.(20210904)


The resistance front in Panjshir province led by Ahmad Masoud reacted to the new cabinet announced by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and said that they will declare a parallel government after consultation with politicians. The front has asked the UN, UNHRC, EU, the organization of Shanghai, SARC, ECO, member states of the heart of Asia, and OIC to stop cooperation with the Taliban.(20210908)


Ahmad Masoud has lived 7 years abroad in the U.K.

Eighteen years after the assassination of revered anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, his only son is hoping to continue the mission against the insurgents by jumping into Afghanistan's chaotic political fray.

With America seemingly on the brink of a deal with the Taliban that would see the Pentagon slash its troop presence in Afghanistan, 30-year-old Ahmad Massoud wants to galvanise anti-Taliban groups and stop the emboldened fighters from ushering in a new wave of hardline Isla ..

Eighteen years after the assassination of revered anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, his only son is hoping to continue the mission against the insurgents by jumping into Afghanistan's chaotic political fray.

With America seemingly on the brink of a deal with the Taliban that would see the Pentagon slash its troop presence in Afghanistan, 30-year-old Ahmad Massoud wants to galvanise anti-Taliban groups and stop the emboldened fighters from ushering in a new wave of hardline Isla ..

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//economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/70870266.cms?from=mdr&utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppHe now has the support of a number of former Jihadi leaders and his father’s close aides, including former Vice President Mohammad Yunus Qanooni.(20190905)


He speaks Dari and English

Last Modified 2021-09-15
Established 2019-09-05