The Taliban fired gunshots in celebration on Tuesday, August 31, as the militant group took over Kabul airport after the last U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan, which marked the end of a 20-year war.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that it was a historical day and moment because they liberated Afghanistan from the United States.
Al Jazeera reported that Mujahid told reporters in Kabul airport, “We do not have any doubt that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is a free and sovereign nation.” The Taliban spokesman promised the Afghans that they “will protect freedom, independence, and Islamic values” and insisted that their security forces will be “gentle and nice.”
Head of U.S. Central Command Marine General Frank McKenzie announced that the last American troops were flown out of Kabul 3:29 P.M. ET, one minute before midnight in Kabul. McKenzie said, “We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out. But I think if we stayed another 10 days, we would not get everybody that we wanted to get out.”
Mujahid told media reporters in Kabul that America was defeated, but on the nation’s behalf, the Taliban wants to have good relations with the rest of the world.
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