As the US and allied forces left Afghanistan and the Taliban took over the presidential palace in Kabul, the terror group which is set to rule declared that war in the nation was over. The Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has already fled the country as the insurgents make their way into the capital city.
Notably, the Taliban took just over a week to seize control of the country, with little or no resistance. The Afghan forces that were trained by the US to fight against the Taliban played no role and just melted away that made the work easier for the terror group.
What the Taliban said
Mohammad Naeem, the spokesperson for the terror group’s political office, said, “Today is a great day for the Afghan people and the mujahideen. They have witnessed the fruits of their efforts and their sacrifices for 20 years. Thanks to God, the war is over in the country.”
The spokesperson said the form of the new regime in Afghanistan would be made clear soon, adding the Taliban did not want to live in isolation and calling for peaceful international relations. “We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others,” he added.
An Air India flight, AI-244, with 129 passengers from war-torn Afghanistan landed in New Delhi on Sunday evening. It was likely the last Kabul-Delhi Air India flight, at least for the time being, as flight operations in Afghanistan remain uncertain as the Taliban takes control of the country, including capital Kabul.
The flight had earlier landed in Afghanistan from Delhi to evacuate Indians stuck in Afghanistan. The flight took off from Kabul at 6.06 pm and landed in Delhi before 8 pm. Earlier during the day, the flight had to delay landing by an hour as Kabul’s air traffic control (ATC) was unavailable. Meanwhile, no flights can operate from Kabul airport now (Monday) as the airspace has been closed, officials said.
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