KANDAHAR: A military parade was carried out with modern equipment in Kandahar, the second largest city of Afghanistan, by Taliban fighters as victory celebrations continued after withdrawal of American and NATO forces from the country.
The parade showcased modern equipment which have been taken into possession after the foreign forces left. The procession of vehicles participating in the rally was very long and a large number of people stood on the streets to witness the spectacle.
Several US-made military equipment, including Humvees and military trucks, seized by the Taliban from the Afghan National Army were also on display in the military parade.
A large number of Taliban leaders and supporters attended the gathering, which was also addressed by Kandahar Governor Haji Wafa.
It should be noted that the Taliban organization was founded in Kandahar and during the first Taliban regime, Kandahar was practically the capital of Afghanistan.
On August 31, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had said that they wanted good relations with the international community. “We also want a working relationship with the United States,” the Taliban had announced.
Zabihullah Mujahid had said that Afghanistan had achieved complete independence and the United States had been defeated as it could not achieve all the goals.
Taliban leader Anas Haqqani had said in a tweet that the 20-year occupation of Afghanistan by the US and NATO forces had ended. “We have made history in Afghanistan once again,” he had added.
Meanwhile, America’s longest war in Afghanistan ended. Shortly before the deadline, the last troops had left Kabul on August 30. The Taliban had announced to take full control of Kabul Airport. Kabul had resounded with aerial firing on the withdrawal of foreign troops.