KABUL: Afghanistan marked the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 in muted style on Saturday with the Taliban firmly in cost, twenty years after being ousted from energy.
The Islamist group retook energy on August 15, after a lightning offensive that capitalised on the chaotic final weeks of the 20-year US-led occupation that adopted the 2001 assaults.
Tons of of absolutely veiled girls held a rally at a Kabul college to specific help for the Taliban, simply days after public protests in opposition to their rule.
Unconfirmed experiences had circulated all week that the Taliban might use the September 11 anniversary to swear of their new authorities, however the day unfolded with out formal recognition.
“It is a day for America, not for Afghanistan,” stated Muhammad Alzoad, a financial institution clerk. “This had nothing to do with Afghanistan, however it made us undergo.”
The Taliban have promised a milder type of rule as in comparison with their earlier stint in energy. Nevertheless, they’ve moved swiftly to stifle dissent — firing within the air to disperse protests by girls final week calling for the correct to training and work.
Khalilzad says US will proceed to have interaction with the group to make sure the protected passage of people that need to depart Afghanistan
On Saturday, nevertheless, a whole bunch of girls dressed head-to-toe in black abaya and niqab have been allowed to rally in help of the Taliban.
“These not sporting the hijab are harming all of us,” stated a girl speaker. “We’re supporting our authorities with all our energy,” stated one other.
After the speeches, the ladies held banners and walked in organised strains for a brief distance on the road outdoors, flanked by Taliban troopers carrying rifles and machine weapons.
The Taliban flag, in the meantime, fluttered over the Afghan presidential palace. Hemad Sherzad, a Taliban fighter and member of the group’s cultural council, stated the flag on the palace was raised on Friday morning.
Washington’s particular envoy on Afghanistan and architect of a cope with the Taliban stated greater than 250 overseas nationals had left Afghanistan up to now three days.
In a collection of tweets Khalilzad praised each Qatar, whose nationwide airline carried out the flights, and Taliban’s cooperation “on this essential effort, for the current departure of overseas nationals from Afghanistan”.
“We’ll proceed to have interaction the federal government of Qatar, the Taliban, and others to make sure the protected passage of our residents, different overseas nationals, and Afghans that need to depart,” Khalilzad tweeted.
Nevertheless, a whole bunch of Afghans, together with US residents and inexperienced card holders, stay stranded in northern Afghanistan’s Mazar-i-Sharif ready to be evacuated however stopped by Taliban rulers demanding journey paperwork.
Revealed in Daybreak, September twelfth, 2021