Gunfire fills the air in Kabul as Taliban celebrate airport takeover
Taliban spokesman says Afghanistan has ‘gained complete independence’ as fighters enter hangars occupied by US forces hours earlier
As the last US military transport aircraft lifted off from Kabul airport on Monday night, marking the end of two decades of American troops in Afghanistan, celebratory gunfire rang out the capital as Taliban fighters revelled in the end of America’s longest war.
Just two weeks earlier, Taliban fighters had taken Kabul and toppled the government without force as President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. It was a rise to power so swift that it had taken the US and even Taliban leadership by surprise.Continue reading...