Taliban Celebrate U.S. Exit From Afghanistan, Vow to Enforce Islamic Rule

Posted on AllSides August 31st, 2021
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Taliban fighters and their supporters rallied across Afghanistan to celebrate the end of 20 years of foreign military presence on Tuesday, pledging to implement strict Islamic rule as ordinary Afghans, many of them bewildered and scared, grappled with the uncertain future ahead.

Tens of thousands of Afghans still desperately sought to leave the country by overland routes, and many—particularly in Kabul—viewed the new era in Afghanistan’s bloody history with fear and apprehension.

Senior figures in the Islamist movement posed in front of a C-130 transport plane at the Kabul airport, the hub...

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