Taliban hold mock funerals with British and US coffins carried through streets

Huge crowds surrounded the coffins in the city of Khost, where an anti-Taliban protest took place just two weeks ago. The celebrations began in Afghanistan after the last US troops withdrew

Khost: Taliban are apparently holding “fake funerals” for US and British troops

The Taliban held mock funerals today as they carried coffins with British, US, French and NATO flags through the streets of Afghanistan.

The celebrations began in the country after the last US troops marked the end of a 20-year war.

The footage uncovered today shows crowds parading with mock coffins through Khost, the largest city in southeastern Afghanistan, while the Taliban emblem was flown over it.

Huge crowds surrounded the coffins in the city where an anti-Taliban protest took place just two weeks ago.

Thousands of people also gathered in the southern city of Kandahar and waved white Taliban flags to celebrate the so-called “Independence Day”.

The Taliban held mock funerals with coffins covered with British, US, French and NATO flags

Another clip distributed by the Taliban showed fighters entering the airport after the last of the US troops flown out in a C-17 plane a minute before midnight.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at a press conference at the airport after departure: “It is a historic day and a historic moment.

“We are proud of these moments when we liberated our country from a great power.”

Taliban fighters celebrate the withdrawal of US forces in Kandahar
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America’s longest war took the lives of nearly 2,500 U.S. soldiers and an estimated 240,000 Afghans, and cost approximately $ 2 trillion.

More than 123,000 people have been evacuated from Kabul by the United States and its allies in a massive but chaotic airlift in the past two weeks, but many of those who helped Western nations during the war were left behind.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the number of British nationals left behind in Afghanistan was “low one hundred”.

Crowds gathered today after the last US troops left Afghanistan
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The cabinet minister said he could not give a “final” number of how many Afghans failed to bring the UK to safety after the Taliban came to power.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program, “It’s very difficult to give you a fixed number. I can tell you that we have gained over 5,000 UK Nationals since April and we are in the bottom hundreds (remaining). “

In Kabul there was a mixture of triumph and joy on the one hand as the Taliban celebrated their victory and fear on the other.

“I had to go to the bank with my mother, but when I went the Taliban beat women with sticks,” said a 22-year-old woman who spoke on condition of anonymity because she feared for her safety.

She said the attack occurred in a crowd outside a branch of the Azizi bank next to the Kabul Star Hotel in the center of the capital.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen something like this and it really scared me.”

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