A crowd of Taliban supporters on Tuesday (31) made a symbolic “burial” of foreign flags after the departure of American troops from Afghanistan.
The act was registered in the city of Khost, about 230 km from Kabul (see the video above).
According to images taken by local TV, it is possible to see at least four coffins with the flags of the United States, France, United Kingdom and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
Taliban protesters make symbolic ‘burial’ of foreign flags in Khost, Afghanistan, August 31, 2021 — Photo: ZHMAN TV/Reuters
The demonstration takes place the day after the end of the military occupation that lasted two decades in the country.
“August 31 is now our Freedom Day,” local Taliban spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti told Zhman TV. “On this day, the occupation forces fled the country.”
VIDEO: Taliban celebrates US troops leaving Afghanistan with gunfire
The US concluded on Monday (30) the withdrawal of troops after 20 years of occupation. Americans and allies were running out of time to complete the withdrawal after the Taliban’s resumption of power.
The group returned to power on August 15 and celebrated the end of the occupation with shots in the air (see the video above). The Taliban spokesman called the American withdrawal “independence”.
Image shows last US military to board final flight from Kabul airport
After the Americans left, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that Afghanistan wants to maintain good relations with the Americans and the rest of the world.
The end of the American occupation came nearly 20 years after the invasion of Afghanistan, which was carried out months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The Taliban ruled the country since 1996 and was accused by the Americans of hiding and financing members of al-Qaeda, a terrorist group led by Osama bin Laden and responsible for the attack.
The extremist group was driven from power with the US invasion in 2001, and returned to command the country on August 15, 2021, after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and the group took over the capital Kabul.