Taliban supporters on Tuesday held a mock funeral in a single Afghanistan metropolis — carrying coffins draped with American and NATO flags.
The jarring show was one in all many celebrations throughout the nation over the departure of US troops that put an finish to the almost 20-year battle.
Taliban official Qari Saeed Khosti additionally declared Aug. 31 “our formal Freedom Day” in an interview with native tv station Zhman TV.
“On at the present time, American occupying forces and NATO forces fled the nation,” Khosti mentioned.
In the course of the mock funeral, which came about within the japanese metropolis of Khost, some attendees held their weapons within the air whereas others waved Taliban flags.
French and British flags additionally lined a few of the coffins that have been paraded within the streets.
A minute earlier than midnight Monday the final US service member in Afghanistan boarded the ultimate flight out of Kabul, capping out a chaotic mission to evacuate 123,000 civilians from the nation after the Taliban takeover.
Over 100 People, nonetheless, and 1000’s of Afghan allies are believed to have been left behind.
President Biden has tasked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to work with worldwide companions to carry the Taliban to their promise of secure passage for People and others who need to go away within the coming days.
With Submit wires