The Taliban celebrated the first anniversary of its re-takeover in Afghanistan on the streets of the capital, Kabul.
While August 15 was declared a national holiday in the country, crowds, mostly Taliban militants, gathered in Shah Massoud Square.
The Taliban seized the capital, Kabul, after an offensive against government forces following the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan last year.
It was reported that armed and unarmed Taliban militants spontaneously gathered in Shah Massoud Square, located at the crossroads across the US Embassy, to celebrate. The square was decorated with white flags of the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”.
The Taliban also showed joy in the streets of Kandahar. The Taliban supporters, who formed a convoy of vehicles, wandered around the city center shouting slogans.
While the Taliban celebrated its first year of domination in Afghanistan, the country, where public order had improved relatively in the first place, was caught in the whirlpool of economic and humanitarian crisis, and the status of women and girls was the subject that the Taliban received the most criticism as in the past.
After signing the Doha Agreement with the USA at the beginning of 2020, the Taliban, whose process of seizing the country’s territory accelerated, completed its advance much earlier than expected and dominated the capital Kabul on August 15, 2021.