Taliban declare victory from Kabul airport tarmac after US withdrawal
On Tuesday, Taliban leaders declared victory over the United States just hours after the last military force left Afghanistan. The declaration occurred on the tarmac of Kabul airport, which up until yesterday remained under US control. The airport has been the epicenter of a frenzy of evacuation missions conducted by the US and its Western allies. The site was transformed into an arena for Taliban celebrations after the departure of the last US plane, which occurred just before midnight on Monday. The event represents the end of 20 years of US military presence in Afghanistan, the US’s longest war.