The Taliban declares Afghanistan to be a “free and sovereign” country, hailing the departure of US forces after 20 years of occupation as a “historic moment.”
As the final US military flew out of Afghanistan, Taliban fighters took control of Kabul’s airport on Tuesday. Celebratory gunfire and fireworks lit up the Kabul night sky.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters from Kabul airport on Tuesday:
“We do not have any doubt that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is a free and sovereign nation.
“America was defeated… and on behalf of my nation, we want to have good relations with the rest of the world,” he said.
He also promised Afghans “will protect our freedom, independence, and Islamic values”.
Earlier, Marine General Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command, announced that the last American troops flew out of Kabul just before midnight local time (19:30 GMT).
“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 out that we wanted to get out.”
Recall that US President Joe Biden set a deadline of August 31 for the withdrawal of US troops.
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