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SAS-trained Afghan commandos are regrouping as they vowed to fight till their "last drop of blood" to take their country back from the Taliban.
Afghan forces who are still determined to continue fighting are regrouping in the Panjshir Valley, an area just 80 miles north of Kabul.
It is the only one of the country’s 34 provinces not to have fallen to the religious fanatics who steamrollered across Afghanistan in a matter of weeks.
Any soldiers or militias who want to take up arms against the Taliban are being urged to flock to Panjshir – where Afghanistan's vice president Amrullah Saleh has declared himself the country's rightful leader.
In a Twitter message to Afghans, Saleh said: "Join the resistance. I will never, ever and under no circumstances bow to Talib terrorists."
He has vowed to resist after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country – reportedly escaping with bags of cash worth up to $169million.
And among those gathering to start the fightback are reportedly Afghan commandos and special forces who are now being hunted by the Taliban – but pledge to fight till their "last drop of blood".
Trained by soldiers from the US and Britain – reportedly including the SAS – the troopers are considered the best of the best and had been attempting to hold the line.
"We are thousands and many more are coming. We have local people as well," a source told The Sun Online.
"It is not ordinary resistance. It is the resistance of thousands of trained forces who are familiar with every inch of the soil and who has excellent experience in fighting the terrorists for the past 20 years.
"I am not going to die before destroying Taliban. We will fight till the last bullet."
However, as the rest of the army collapsed or rolled over – many of the elite troopers have now gone into hiding or are heading for Panjshir.
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It is feared they face deadly reprisals if caught by the Taliban's death squads, with 22 of their number being brutally executed in June after they finally ran out of ammo while fighting the terrorists in Dawlat Abad.
Commando units attempting to hold back the Taliban offensive saw themselves outnumbered and outmanoeuvred as they were cut off from air support and vital supplies.
Western military trainers had claimed the forces would be able to hold in the line against the Taliban – and in 2017 they were boasted to have "never lost a battle".
But finding themselves increasingly isolated – many of the elite units, armed with top-of-the-line US weapons, are believed to have fallen in battle or been forced to flee.
Abandoned by many regular army units who turned their weapons over the Taliban, the many of the troopers were left to die.
However, video appeared to show soldiers moving armoured vehicles and Humvees they had managed to salvage into to Panjshir – giving hope of a gather resistance against the Taliban.
Forces from the regular army who also refused to back the Taliban have also reportedly been heading to the valley, carrying with them their weapons and equipment.
They have raised the flag of the Northern Alliance – a group of freedom fighters who fought back against the Taliban when they ruled the country during the 90s.
Panjshir – which means five lions in Persian – has been described as a "natural fortress" due to the valley's mountainous sides and narrow roads now blocked by guards and checkpoints.
The narrow valley is still littered with the remnants of armoured vehicles destroyed by the forces of the former Mujahideen leader Ahmad Shah Massoud during the Soviet invasion of the 1980s.
It comes as three people have been killed after the Taliban opened fire on protesters who raised the government flag in Jalalabad as so-called resistance demonstrations spread across Afghanistan today.
Witnesses say the deaths took place when local residents tried to fly Afghanistan's national flag at a square in the city.
President Saleh has been seen with the son of his former mentor, the famed anti-Taliban fighter Ahmed Shah Massoud in the mountains as they form up a resistance.
Speaking to the Times earlier this year, he said: "I am ready to die with a chest and head full of a hundred bullets rather than be part of an elite deal which will sell the rights of my people to a medieval terrorist organisation."
Massoud led the Northern Alliance against the Taliban until his assassination by al-Qaeda, two days before the fall of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.
Saleh said: "I will never betray the soul and legacy of my hero Ahmad Shah Massoud, the commander, the legend and the guide."
The Northern Alliance movement is now officially alive for the first time since 2001, led by the 32-year-old son of its ex-leader Massoud and who shares his name.
Ahmad Massoud, who was trained at Sandhurst, said: "I am in Panjshir with my people.We will stand with our people to the end."
Elsewhere, Afghanistan’s defence minister, Bismillah Khan has vowed to side with the resistance.
The Afghan ambassador to Tajikistan rejected Taliban rule of his country and said Panjshir province, north of Kabul, would serve as a stronghold for resistance led by self-proclaimed acting president Amrullah Saleh.
Possible resistance could complicate the Taliban's attempts to impose a unified government on Afghanistan's complex mix of regions and ethnicities.
The Persian-speaking Tajiks of western and northern regions, including the Panjshir valley, have long been opposed to the southern and eastern Pashtuns who make up the core of the Taliban.
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