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Taliban supporters maintain mock US funeral as troops go away Afghanistan

Taliban supporters paraded coffins draped with American and NATO flags within the jap metropolis of Khost on Tuesday (Aug 31) , a part of celebrations throughout the nation following the withdrawal of the final US troops.

The mock funeral, wherein coffins lined in French and British flags have been additionally carried alongside the road by means of a big crowd, marked the top of a 20-year battle and a hasty and humiliating exit for Washington and its NATO allies.

A few of the crowd held weapons aloft, whereas others waved Taliban flags or snapped the procession on cell phones.

“August 31 is our formal Freedom Day. On today, American occupying forces and NATO forces fled the nation,” Taliban official Qari Saeed Khosti instructed native tv station Zhman TV throughout its protection of the occasion.

Footage from Khost was shared broadly on social media on Tuesday alongside different movies of celebratory gunfire  within the capital Kabul and a person dangling from a US-made Black Hawk helicopter circling above Afghanistan’s second-city Khandahar. Reuters couldn’t confirm all of the movies.

The final US soldier boarded the ultimate flight out of Afghanistan a minute earlier than midnight on Monday, ending a chaotic evacuation of 123,000 civilians from Afghanistan.

In a lightning sweep again to energy, the Taliban ousted a authorities backed and outfitted by the US and captured US-made weapons and {hardware} left behind by fleeing Afghan forces.

Different photos shared on-line on Tuesday confirmed Taliban members strolling by means of Kabul airport in US-supplied fatigues, some brandishing gleaming rifles and others attempting out state-of-the-art night time imaginative and prescient goggles or sizing up US helicopters.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned the US navy was not involved by the pictures because the helicopters couldn’t be flown. The departing US troops destroyed greater than 70 plane and dozens of armoured automobiles. In addition they disabled air defences that had thwarted an tried Islamic State rocket assault on the eve of their departure.

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