Taliban declare ‘free and sovereign’ Afghanistan as US withdraws troops
After 20 years of war and occupation, the United States Armed forces have left Afghanistan on Tuesday. Describing the US departure as “historic moment”, Taliban has declared that the country is now a “free and sovereign nation”.
” They (Americans) could not achieve their goal through military operations [….] We do not have any doubt that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is a free and sovereign nation,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
The development came when the head of the US Central Command, Marine General Frank McKenzie announced the departure of last American troops sent to evacuate US citizens and Afghans.
Describing it as a “tough situation”, the US official said they did not get everybody out that the US wanted to get out as August 31 was set as a deadline for US withdrawal earlier this year.
However, the US claimed to have evacuated more than 122,000 people since the mid of August.
Meanwhile, Taliban fighter responded the withdrawal with celebratory gunfire.
Tensions increased after the attack on Kabul airport which killed around 200 people, including 13 US soldiers and 28 Taliban members.
Declaring war on terror, the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 after 9/11 attacks when the former Taliban regime refused to handover Al-Qaeda leadership–Osama bin Laden.
20 year later, after securing a deal with the US, the Taliban reclaimed its regime as they took over Kabul on August 15.