Taliban fighters and their supporters rallied across Afghanistan to celebrate the finish of 20 many years of foreign armed forces existence on Tuesday, pledging to carry out rigorous Islamic rule, as common Afghans, a lot of of them bewildered and frightened, grappled with the uncertain long term ahead.
Tens of 1000’s of Afghans still desperately sought to go away the nation by overland routes, and many—particularly in Kabul—viewed the new period in Afghanistan’s bloody heritage with fear and apprehension as the country’s economic disaster deepened.
Senior figures in the Islamist movement posed in front of a C-130 transportation plane at the Kabul airport, the hub of a chaotic U.S.-led evacuation procedure in recent days. Fighters took selfies in the cockpits of Afghan military helicopters that had been disabled and abandoned.
“We hope that Afghanistan will not be invaded yet again, that it will be rebuilt, continue being independent, and that a holy Islamic technique will rule,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid explained, as uniformed fighters in modern day battle gear knelt on the tarmac and chanted “Allahu akbar,” or “God is fantastic.”
Talking to members of the Taliban’s Badri 313 unit, Mr. Mujahid explained: “I praise all your sacrifices, congratulate you all on the good victory, and on acquiring independence and freedom for Afghanistan.”