Taliban mark anniversary of departure of Western troops
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KABUL: To commemorate the first birthday of the US-led soldiers’ withdrawal from Afghanistan after a bloody 20-year war, the Taliban proclaimed Wednesday a public holiday and lighted the capital city with coloured lights.

The poor nation is now governed by new, draconian Islamic law that excludes women from public life and is not publicly recognised by any other country.

Several Afghans believe they are relieved the foreign army that sparked the Taliban war has left, despite the limitations and a worsening humanitarian catastrophe.

A citizen of Kabul named Zalmai remarked, “We are glad that Allah drove the unbelievers out of our nation as well as the Islamic Emirate has also been founded.

The longest war in American history, a military involvement that started after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks in New York, was finished with the departure of soldiers at midnight on August 31 of last year.

In the fight, 66,000 Afghan soldiers and 48,000 civilians perished, but it was the loss of 2,461 US military men that proved to be too much for the American people to stomach.

Additionally, over than 3 thousand 500 servicemen from all other NATO countries perished.

But more people than only Americans have to bear the brunt of the war in Afghanistan, the US military said on Tuesday.

The Taliban took control of the country two weeks before the departure from Afghanistan last year came to an end after a quick onslaught against government forces.

On Wednesday, flags flying in Kabul commemorated wins against three empires, including the former Soviet Union and Britain, both of which lost battles in Afghanistan.

Dozens of white Taliban banners emblazoned with the Islamic creed were flown from lampposts and government structures.

Late on Tuesday, throngs of Taliban militants lit up the night sky over Kabul with fireworks and jubilant gunfire.

Taliban banners were carried by armed fighters who screamed “Death to America” at Massoud Square, which is close to the former US embassy. Others honked their horns as they passed through the city.

Showing Off Equipment

Numerous videos and images of recently trained Taliban soldiers were shared on social media, many of them showing off the US military hardware that had been hastily abandoned during Washington’s chaotic exit.

Taliban mark anniversary of departure of Western troops

One tweet with a picture of a huge Taliban banner now displayed on the wall of the old US embassy with the remark, “This is how you mock a powerhouse after embarrassing them and forcing them to evacuate from your nation.”

The 38 million residents of Afghanistan today confront a dire humanitarian catastrophe, which has been made worse by the freezing of billions of dollars’ worth of assets and the cessation of international help, notwithstanding the Taliban’s joy in seizing power.

Afghans in the general public are facing more difficulties, particularly women.

The Taliban banned women from many government posts and closed secondary girls’ schools in several areas.

They have also mandated that women cover completely in public, preferably with a burqa.

Oranoos Omerzai, a native of Kandahar, the de reality Taliban power base, stated, “Now I’m seated at home without even a job.”

According to government spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, “great gains” were made in the previous year.

According to him, “Afghans are really no more dying in battle, foreign forces have withdrawn, and security has improved,” he told journalists weeks ago.”

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