As they celebrate their ‘victory,’ the Taliban stage mock funerals for British, American, and NATO personnel.
THE TALIBAN have been staging sham funerals for British, American, and NATO troops as part of their celebrations of their “success” following the withdrawal of the final allied troops.
A procession of coffins wrapped in the US, UK, and French flags passed through the streets of Khost, Afghanistan. The parade drew tens of thousands of people, with several coffins bearing NATO emblems. The Taliban-led festivities took place just hours after the last American plane had departed Kabul airport.
Thousands flooded the streets in Khandahar, where Taliban members waved white flags to commemorate the group’s “independence day.”
As he stood on the runway at Kabul airport, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid praised the Islamist group’s “win” over western forces.
Taliban “special troops” surrounded the spokesman, who were dressed with American military gear including as flak jackets and night-vision goggles.
“It is a historic day and a historic moment,” he remarked.
“We freed our country from the grip of immense power.
“This is a major lesson for future invaders, as well as a lesson for the entire world.”
“It was the unanimous advice of the Joint Chiefs and all of our commanders on the ground to end our airlift mission as planned,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement.
“In their opinion, terminating our military mission was the best way to protect our men’ lives.
“This would ensure that civilians who wish to escape Afghanistan in the coming weeks and months will be able to do so.”
The announcement comes as Vice President Joe Biden considers providing economic assistance to the Taliban.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told ABC’s Good Morning America that the government will continue to send health, food, and other sorts of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.
Aid will be contingent on the Taliban “following through on their obligations,” he said.
Allowing safe passage for Americans still in Afghanistan is one of these commitments.
“It will be up to them,” Mr. Sullivan said, “and we will wait and see how we respond in terms of economic and developmental assistance based on their actions.”
The US aid will be channeled through “international institutions” rather than directly to the Taliban.
US Republicans slammed Mr. Sullivan’s proposal to continue aid to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
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