The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, has congratulated the people of Afghanistan following the complete withdrawal of US Forces from the middle-eastern country. The American defense headquarters, the Pentagon had announced that the last US military planes had evacuated from Afghanistan, marking the coming to an end of the 20-years occupation of Afghanistan and the longest war the United States has ever been involved in.
The departure is the first time in nearly two decades that the US and its allies have not had any troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The evacuation effort met President Biden’s withdrawal deadline but has been marked by chaotic and bloody events.
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During the withdrawal and evacuation over 170 persons have been killed, including 13 American service members, in last week’s attacks near Kabul airport, in one of the US’ worst foreign policy moves in three decades.
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Speaking from the runway of Kabul airport just hours after the last American troops had flown out, Mujahid told a small crowd of people that “this victory belongs to us all.”
“We want to have good relations with the US and the world,” said Mujahid, who appeared beside heavily armed fighters from the Taliban’s special forces brigade.
“We hope that Afghanistan is never occupied again, and this country stays prosperous, free, home for all Afghans and governed by the Islamic rule.”
Mujahid then congratulated a group of fighters beside him, telling them he hoped Taliban combatants would now “treat the people nicely.”
“This nation has the right to live in peace, the right to prosperity, and we are the servants of the nation not, God forbid, that we are dominant over the nation,” he said.
“I am praising your sacrifices; I thank you and I congratulate you.”
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