Taliban supporters held mock funerals Tuesday in the city of Khost, holding up coffins draped with American, NATO, and several European countries’ flags as they celebrated the end of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
Videos of the event were shared across social media, showing Taliban supporters holding up guns and Taliban flags as the coffins were marched through the crowd. Many people recorded the event on their phones.
“Aug. 31 is our formal Freedom Day. On this day, American occupying forces and NATO forces fled the country,” Taliban member Qari Saeed Khosti told Afghan media outlet Zhman TV during the funeral, according to Reuters.
Several other videos surfaced this week of Taliban members and supporters celebrating the end of the U.S. withdrawal. A Monday video showed Taliban fighters equipped in U.S. military gear strolling through an abandoned hangar in the Kabul airport and inspecting the Chinook helicopters left behind.
Another video showed Taliban supporters firing their guns in the air, while pictures of fireworks exploding over Kabul also circulated on social media.
U.S. forces completed their withdrawal Monday, though there are still several hundred Americans left stranded in Afghanistan.
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Ailan Evans on September 1, 2021
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