The Taliban celebrated Afghanistan’s Independence Day on Thursday by declaring they beat the US – and taking pictures at a crowd of protesters.
The demonstrators took to the streets within the first fashionable opposition to the new rulers on the day the nation celebrates its 1919 independence from British management.
“Our flag our identification,” a bunch of males and a few girls shouted in Kabul as they waved black, purple and inexperienced nationwide flags, Reuters reported.
In Asadabad, the capital of Kunar province, a number of folks had been killed throughout a rally, nonetheless, it was not instantly clear if the deaths resulted from the firing or from the following stampede, witness Mohammed Salim advised the information outlet
“A whole lot of individuals got here out on the streets,” Salim stated. “At first I used to be scared and didn’t need to go however once I noticed considered one of my neighbors joined in I took out the flag I’ve at house.”
He added: “A number of folks had been killed and injured within the stampede and firing by the Taliban.”
Thursday’s lethal protests got here after three protesters waving a flag had been reportedly shot useless by the Taliban within the japanese metropolis of Jalalabad Wednesday.
First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who’s attempting to rally opposition to the Taliban, expressed help for the protesters.
“Salute those that carry the nationwide flag and thus stand for dignity of the nation,” tweeted Saleh, who on Tuesday stated he was in Afghanistan and the “legit caretaker president” after President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation.
In the meantime, twelve folks have been killed in and round Kabul Airport for the reason that Taliban overran the capital on Sunday, a NATO and a Taliban official stated. The deaths had been precipitated both by gunshots or by stampedes, in accordance with the Taliban official.
The Taliban face a bunch of challenges as they assume management of the nation of some 38 million folks.
Opposition figures gathering within the final space of the nation not below Taliban rule talked of launching an armed resistance below the banner of the Northern Alliance, which allied with the US in the course of the 2001 invasion after 9/11.
It was unclear how critical a menace they posed on condition that the Taliban swept via almost all the nation in simply days with little resistance from Afghan forces.
Many concern the insurgents will achieve erasing 20 years of efforts to increase girls’s and human rights and remake the nation.
The Taliban, who’ve provided no specifics on how they are going to lead aside from to say they are going to be guided by Shariah, or Islamic, regulation, are in talks with senior officers of earlier Afghan governments.
However they face an more and more precarious state of affairs.
“A humanitarian disaster of unimaginable proportions is unfolding earlier than our eyes,” warned Mary Ellen McGroarty, the top of the World Meals Program in Afghanistan.
Past the difficulties of importing meals, she stated that drought has seen over 40 p.c of the nation’s crop misplaced. Many who fled the Taliban advance now reside in parks and open areas within the capital.
“That is actually Afghanistan’s hour of best want, and we urge the worldwide group to face by the Afghan folks at the moment,” she stated.
With Publish wires