Taliban celebrate year after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan


KABUL – Taliban fighters and senior leaders gathered on Wednesday for a celebration in Bagram air base, once the largest American military base in Afghanistan to celebrate one year after the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the country.

Images released by the Taliban media show fighter jets are marching in Western style uniform followed by columns of armored vehicles carrier groupx black-white-white flag moving down one of in main runways. Helicopters flew over the crowd.

“We are here to celebrate first Anniversary of withdrawal of troops,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman. media attend the ceremony. “I am proud that our country was liberated on on that day, American troops were also forced to leave Afghanistan,” he said.

Holiday, uncertainty and fear gripped Kabul one year on

Departure of US troops from Afghanistan put an end of over two decades of war is here but not lead to a peace treaty. Afghan government security forces collapsed in in face of Taliban attacks and when group reached Kabul, President Ashraf Ghani fled, effectively handing over over capital.

Under the Taliban ruleAfghanistan is more safe for most Afghans, but civil liberties and rights of women strictly limited. Country remains international isolation, and the growing economic crisis has plunged millions deeper into poverty.

In video broadcast the Taliban media wing, Mohammad Hassan Akhund, acting prime minister said group was left with nothing after the previous government collapsed.

“Foreigners took all with them when they’re left and sanctioned on Afghanistan, which led in poverty and hunger,” he said. But much of in military equipment flaunted in Bagram turned out to be what the forces of the United States and NATO left behind in in last days of hasty retreat.

Foreign media Media banned from reporting event the Taliban, who cited security concerns.

The US and other Western powers hoped that the economic isolation of the Taliban force in group moderate. Such “pressure,” Akhund warned, “will not give Any result”, calls instead for greater participation with countries new leaders.

Hundreds in the center of Kabul of other Taliban fighters gathered to raise flags and spray glittering foam at air when they greeted the “independence day” of the country.

Abdul Hakim Saikh brought his five grandchildren to watch the celebration. Originally from the province of Logar, family moved to Kabul only after the Taliban came to power, when Salih son – Taliban fighter – received a position with in the reconnaissance forces group.

“We have always been in Logar on in run, moving from place to place to escape night raids and explosions,” he said, explaining that the violence was especially hard on in children. His family no more need to be afraid for them safety. “Now life is better,” he said.

complete conclusion of The US military started under the Trump administration and policy decision Supported by President Biden who said the exit would be carried out “responsibly, deliberately and safely”.

But after set of the impetuous Taliban are gaining suddenly left The Afghan capital was surrounded, diplomats, Afghan officials and aid workers rushed to flee the country. Chaos engulfed Kabul airport for weeks since the Taliban fighters entered the presidential palace, and dozens of thousands rushed to escape.

Some Afghans who tried and failed to run on American air carriers say they now feel safe under Taliban rule. Other remain in hiding, afraid for their life because of ties with US and NATO forces or activist groups. BUT year on some still hope for a chance get out.

One former An Afghan soldier said that this day marks the anniversary of of his “abandonment” by the United States.

“Today I feel overwhelmed. The US has always assured us that they will hold out. with us,” he said. For over Served as a Special Forces Specialist for 10 years in one of elite afghan military departments working closely with US forces.

Like others in this report, he spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repression.

During withdrawal last year, former the officer was waiting outside Kabul airport for days. “The Americans inside kept saying that they would send cars to pick us but they never came.”

Fearing detention or death if the Taliban found him, he fled from Kabul. He spent last year moving from province to province, from village to village.

“Maybe it’s independence day for Taliban. But for I, I have become like a prisoner”.

Afghan activists described similar frustrations.

“We are confined and confined to the home, we are not allowed to study, or work, or practice in social activities,” said one woman in Kabul.

Another activist who fled Afghanistan after being detained for participation in peaceful protest said celebrations in Kabul “ridiculed of independence Day”.

“I don’t know which of about independence they talk maybe for [the Taliban]but not people of Afghanistan,” she said.

The Taliban celebration in downtown Kabul, Najmullah Basirat, 25, said he felt “indifferent” to changes over in last year. He worked for and supported the previous government but never wanted US and NATO troops for remain in his country forever.

“As an Afghan, I wanted foreign forces retreat. I don’t trust our country should ever rely on Any outside strength,” he said. Now he says he supports the Taliban.

As long as his country is led by the Afghans and provides security and basic services: “I would support Any government,” he said.


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