Afghan Talibans Mark Anniversary of Foreign Troops Exit.
The Taliban celebrated the first anniversary of the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan Wednesday with victory chants and a military parade showcasing equipment left behind by US-led forces. Afghanistan’s new rulers — not formally recognised by any other nation — have reimposed their harsh version of Islamic law on the impoverished country, with women squeezed out of public life. Despite the restrictions, and a deepening humanitarian crisis, many Afghans say they are glad the foreign forces that prompted the Taliban insurgency left after a brutal 20-year war. “We are happy that Allah got rid of the infidels from our country, and the Islamic Emirate has been established,” said Zalmai, a resident of Kabul. In a statement, the government said the day marked “the country’s freedom from American occupation”. “So many mujahideen were wounded, so many children orphaned, and so many women became widows.” The authorities held an official celebration that included a military parade at