KABUL: Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Tuesday said that they wanted good relations with the international community. “We also want a working relationship with the United States,” the Taliban announce.
Zabihullah Mujahid 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 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 added.
Meanwhile, America’s longest war in Afghanistan ended. Shortly before the deadline, the last troops left Kabul. The Taliban announce to take full control of Kabul Airport. Kabul resounded with aerial firing on the withdrawal of foreign troops.
Shortly before midnight in Kabul, the last contingent of US forces departed on planes, the last to board the plane was Major General Chris Donne Hugh. Immediately after the US withdrawal, the Taliban entered the remaining part of the Kabul airport.
The 20-year Afghan war killed 2,500 American soldiers and 3,846 American contractors. The war involved 1,144 NATO troops. Whereas, more than 66,000 US-backed Afghan army and police personnel lost their lives in the 20-year war.
More than 47,000 Afghan civilians also lost their lives. While, over 51,000 Taliban and other fighters were killed fighting the US military. 444 aid workers and 72 journalists also lost their lives in the war.
On August 30, five rockets were fired at the Kabul airport, but, as per reports, the rockets were intercepted mid-air by the defence system. It was not clear whether all the rockets were brought down or not by the system.
The attack had taken place as the United States was near completion of its withdrawal from Afghanistan after Taliban took control of the government. Later, reports had claimed that a sixth rocket hit a car near the airport.