The black and white flag was raised on Saturday by the Taliban at the presidential palace in the Afghan capital of Kabul. On the same day, the US and the world are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The anniversary of the WTC attacks comes just weeks after the US’s reportedly chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return to power of the Taliban. In the past, they sheltered the al-Qaeda terrorist network founded by Osama bin Laden, which carried out attacks in the US.
The new Taliban prime minister, Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, raised the flag ceremoniously on Saturday, officially starting the work of the 33-person interim government, said Taliban spokesman Ahmadullahh Muttaqi.
The group of fighters, according to the AP, also painted its banner on the entrance gate of the US embassy building.
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Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks by al-Qaeda terrorists in the United States. A total of 2,996 people died there. There were also Poles among them: Anna De Bin (nee Pietkiewicz), Maria Jakubiak, Dorota Kopiczko, Jan Maciejewski, Łukasz Milewski and the son of the famous cyclist Norbert Szurkowski.
After hijacking four airliners, the hijackers struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The planned fourth attack was thwarted by passengers fighting the terrorists. The machine has crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The celebrations were held at three sites of the attacks: New York, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Arlington, Virginia. They were attended by, among others, President Joe Biden. US Vice President Kamala Harris said during the Shanksville celebrations that the 9/11 attacks showed that “unity is possible” and necessary for America’s prosperity and role in the world.
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