The Taliban on Tuesday celebrated the departure of the US military by firing in the air at Kabul Airport and proclaiming victory.
Video footage posted online showed members of the Taliban, designed by many federal agencies as terrorist organizations, entering the airport armed with US rifles and equipment. It was shortly after General Frank Mackenzie of the United States Central Command announced the formal end of the 20-year conflict and the Americans made their final evacuation flight.
“Today is a historic day and a historic moment,” Taliban spokesman Zabifra Mujahid said at a press conference at the airport. Reuters News agency. “We are proud of these moments of liberating our country from the great powers.”
Known by some as the “Empire Cemetery,” Afghanistan was famous for its difficulty in conquering and controlling. The Soviet Union fought for years in the 1980s, but was rejected only by Mujahideen fighters supplied by Western troops, including the United States. Previously, the British Empire in the mid-19th century attempted to occupy a rugged country, was defeated, and withdrew what is now known as the “disaster of Afghanistan.”
Succeeded in expelling the Taliban from power and prevented Afghanistan from being used by al-Qaeda as a base to attack the United States, but ended up controlling more territory than when the terrorist group last ruled. rice field.
Observers are now watching how the Taliban, which enforced a strict interpretation of Shari’a law from 1996 to 2001, dominate the masses of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Americans remain in Afghanistan, according to Mackenzie, who spoke on the withdrawal on Monday afternoon at ET.
“We didn’t take out everyone we wanted to leave. But if we stayed for another 10 days, everyone we wanted to leave. I don’t think I can take him out, “he said.
And for Afghans who want to leave the country, NATO Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg said he had to keep Kabul Airport open on Tuesday.
“Keep the airport open to enable humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and to continue to take out those who wanted to evacuate the army but could not attend. It is essential to keep it, “he said. AFP News agency. “We will never forget them.”
President Joe Biden has set a deadline of 31 August to complete the withdrawal, but his administration has raised many questions about the president’s leadership capabilities during times of crisis and is big about how to handle the withdrawal. I was hit. Last week, ISIS-K’s alleged bombing of terrorists at Kabul Airport killed at least 13 American soldiers and more Afghans, raising concerns about the group’s regional security threats.
There are also concerns about the billions of dollars of US weapons, vehicles, and equipment captured by the Taliban during several days of attacks across Afghanistan. About a week ago, after seeing Taliban troops capturing several US Blackhawk helicopters, several senators requested a Pentagon (DOD) audit.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview on Sunday that there would be no US diplomats on the ground in Afghanistan so far. The US Embassy in Afghanistan is reportedly located in Doha, Qatar.
Reuters contributed to this report.