The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has warned that the civil war in Afghanistan

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The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has warned that the civil war in Afghanistan could lead to a resurgence of al-Qaeda.

The Taliban advance on Panjshir province, the last bastion of the National Resistance Front fighting the new regime.

The head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, Mark Milley, warned of the "probable" development of a "civil war" in Afghanistan, which would lead to the "reconstitution of Al Qaeda or the growth of the Islamic State."

"The conditions for a civil war in Afghanistan are likely to develop ... I don't know if the Taliban are going to consolidate power and establish governance, "Milley said in an interview with the US media Fox News.

The general indicated that the "high probability of a broad civil war" would lead to "conditions that could lead to the reconstitution of Al Qaeda or the growth of the Islamic States and other terrorist groups ."

Afghanistan was the country that saw the birth of Al Qaeda in the late 1980s and twice served as a refuge for its leader, Osama bin Laden. To this day, it would continue to shelter its current 'number one,' Ayman al Zawahiri.

"You could see a resurgence of terrorism coming from that region in general within twelve, 24, 36 months. And we are going to monitor that, "added Milley, to assume the increased difficulty of working on security in the region now that the United States has withdrawn from the Central Asian country.

On the other hand, he assured that the United States "will continue to carry out attack operations" if there are threats to the country.

Fighting in Panjshir

The warning of a "civil war" in Afghanistan comes as intense fighting occurs in the territory between the Taliban and the Afghan National Resistance Front (FNR) in Panjshir province.

The resistance has its stronghold there and until Saturday denied that the Taliban had taken control of the territory. However, they continue to affirm progress in it.

Bilal Karimi, one of the insurgents' spokesmen, indicated on his Twitter profile that by Sunday morning, the Taliban had taken control of almost the entire province, except for Roja and Bazarak districts. According to these statements, six of the eight districts of the province will be in the hands of the insurgents.

The Panjshir Valley is an old anti-Taliban stronghold, made public by Ahmed Shah Masud's legendary commander in the late 1990s, before being assassinated by Al Qaeda in 2001. Today it is home to the FNR, which is integrated by local militias and former Afghan security forces who came to the valley when the rest of the country fell to Islamists.

According to the Italian NGO Emergency in Panjshir, Taliban forces reached Anabah on Friday night, about 25 km from the valley in the inner city, which is 115 km long.

When Taliban sources claimed to have taken over Panjshir province, the result was a celebration in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in which about 17 people were killed. Then, the resistance refused to take the province, its stronghold, and now new details provided by the Taliban confirm that fighting is ongoing.