Taliban fighters Thursday opened hearth on a bunch of protesters celebrating Afghanistan’s independence day and waving the Afghan nationwide flag in Kabul.
Afghans gathered within the streets to commemorate the anniversary of a 1919 treaty that gave the nation independence from Nice Britain and waved the Afghanistan nationwide flag, solely to be dispersed by gunfire from Taliban forces.
Within the video obtained by Fox Information, Afghans who had been upset that the Taliban modified the nationwide flag after taking up on Sunday took to the streets on foot and in vehicles waving the previous nationwide flag. Pictures will be heard being fired by the Taliban and the group rapidly disperses in panic.
“In lots of cities, the Taliban opened gunfire and charged and beat the individuals,” a supply informed Fox Information, explaining that protesters had been attacked by Taliban fighters throughout the nation in related style.
The supply added that the Taliban had eliminated a big Afghan flag in Kabul and the protesters within the video had been making an attempt to switch it however had been pushed again.
“Might the Afghan flag fly endlessly,” the protesters may very well be heard chanting whereas others shouted, “Lengthy stay Ashraf Ghani” in reference to the now-deposed former president of Afghanistan, who fled the nation because the Taliban took management.
“Might Afghanistan stay endlessly,” others chanted.
No less than two individuals had been reportedly killed in the same protest within the nation’s Kunar province after gunfire prompted a stampede.
U.S. forces try to evacuate hundreds of Americans and allies trapped in Kabul, the place the Taliban has taken full management of town with the only real exception of the Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport, the place 4,500 U.S. troops are at the moment occupying.
President Biden has approved 6,000 U.S. troops to deploy to Afghanistan to help within the evacuation mission, because the Taliban pushes to revive the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – the formal identify of the nation underneath the Taliban rule earlier than the militants had been ousted by U.S.-led forces within the wake of the 9/11 assaults. The assaults on Sept. 11, 2001, had been orchestrated by Al Qaeda whereas it was being sheltered by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The president, adamantly standing by his preliminary choice to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Aug. 31, outlined the present mission for the U.S. navy in Afghanistan, saying it will likely be “quick in time, restricted in scope and targeted on our aims: get our individuals and our allies as rapidly and as safely as doable.”
Lucas Y. Tomlinson contributed to this report.