As locals intensify protests, the Taliban celebrate I-Day in Afghanistan

Taliban celebrated the war-torn country's independence day by declaring victory over a 20-year-old US-led invasion

Taliban celebrated the war-torn country's independence day by declaring victory over a 20-year-old US-led invasion

On Thursday, the Taliban celebrated the war-torn country's independence day by declaring victory over a 20-year-old US-led invasion as they gained control of the country. The new national holiday also honours the 1919 treaty that ended British control in Afghanistan. The Taliban were cited by the Associated Press on Thursday as saying, "Fortunately, today we are celebrating our independence from Britain," adding that they "caused another arrogant power of the world, the United States, to fail and flee from our holy territory of Afghanistan."

Afghan people, who have been desperate to leave their homeland, defied the Taliban for the second day in a row on Thursday, waving their national flag at demonstrations around the country. The demonstrations are seen as a powerful show of defiance against the Taliban's regime.

Afghan people, who have been desperate to leave their homeland, defied the Taliban for the second day in a row on Thursday, waving their national flag at demonstrations around the country. The demonstrations are seen as a powerful show of defiance against the Taliban's regime.

“My demand of the international world, the (UN) Security Council, is that they focus on Afghanistan and not let the gains of the last 20 years go to waste,” a protester told AFP.

The Taliban, who claim they have become more moderate and progressive in recent years, reacted violently to the protests. They killed three demonstrators in Kunar province's Asadabad city on Thursday for carrying the Afghan national flag. A video leaked on the internet from another protest in Nangarhar province showed a demonstrator bleeding from a bullet wound as witnesses attempted to carry him away. According to the Associated Press, a 24-hour curfew was imposed in Khost province after the Taliban forcefully dispersed another rally.

Meanwhile, according to a confidential United Nations document seen by AFP, the Taliban are accelerating their search for anyone who collaborated with the US and Nato, despite the group's promise of no vengeance against its foes. The Taliban have compiled a priority list of persons and family members to be detained, and have been making door-to-door visits to those on the list. The Taliban are also checking passengers at Kabul airport and have set up checkpoints in major cities, according to the UN document.

 

Source:- HT

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