“No entity may obtain legitimacy with out the assist, endorsement of his excellency Ahmad Massoud, as a result of he’s the supply of legitimacy at the moment,” mentioned Ali Nazary, who represents Mr. Massoud in the USA.
Mr. Massoud, the 32-year-old son of a legendary mujahedeen commander who led the struggle in opposition to repeated Soviet offensives within the Eighties, is main the resistance to the Taliban from the same valley from which his father operated.
However the wrestle faces lengthy odds, with resistance fighters surrounded by the Taliban and armed with dwindling provides and no seen exterior assist. Whereas Mr. Massoud has sought to place himself because the chief of the anti-Taliban battle, Amrullah Saleh, who was the vp within the toppled authorities and is a former head of the Nationwide Directorate of Safety and a former affiliate of the elder Massoud, final month proclaimed himself Afghanistan’s legit president.
Mr. Nazary mentioned that “we’re asking the USA to supply materials assist for our efforts, which would come with cargo of offensive weapons,” and likewise to not give recognition to the Taliban.
Perceive the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan
Who’re the Taliban? The Taliban arose in 1994 amid the turmoil that got here after the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989. They used brutal public punishments, together with floggings, amputations and mass executions, to implement their guidelines. Right here’s extra on their origin story and their record as rulers.
Mr. Nazary, who was concerned in arranging the contract with Mr. Stryk, mentioned they selected him as a result of he was not a part of “the institution in D.C.,” which Mr. Nazary accused of appeasing the Taliban. He added that Mr. Stryk “actually believes in us and the Afghan folks regardless of the way it impacts his repute.”
Whereas Mr. Stryk has worked with Democratic lobbyists during the Biden administration, it isn’t clear the extent of his connections to President Biden’s nationwide safety equipment, or what particularly he intends to do to win assist for Mr. Massoud.
Mr. Stryk has represented a variety of purchasers dealing with fraught authorized and public relations issues, together with Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former president who’s accused of embezzling millions of dollars from a state oil firm she as soon as headed. And he had represented the federal government of the previous Congolese president Joseph Kabila, which had faced American sanctions for human rights abuses and corruption, in addition to the administration of President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, which the USA considers illegitimate, and a witness within the Russia investigation who pleaded guilty final yr to possessing little one pornography and intercourse trafficking a minor.