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Taliban Raise Flag Over Presidential Palace on 9/11 Anniversary When Resistance Leader’s Brother Is Assassinated | Afghanistan

The Taliban raised their flag over the Afghan presidential palace on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, when news broke that regime fighters had killed the brother of the country’s former vice president at a checkpoint in Panjshir province. .

Rohullah Azizi, brother of former vice president and anti-Taliban resistance leader Amrullah Saleh, was riding in his car on Thursday when he and his driver were shot dead at a Taliban checkpoint, his nephew said on Saturday.

Shuresh Saleh said on Saturday it was unclear where his uncle, an anti-Taliban fighter, was heading when the Taliban caught him. He said the telephones were not working in the area.

A message left with a Taliban spokesman on Saturday was not immediately returned.

Amrullah Saleh has declared himself the legitimate acting president of Afghanistan and has been leading the forces resisting the Taliban in Panjshir. Afghanistan’s new rulers have said they are in control of Panjshir, but this is disputed by the National Resistance Front, which says it continues to fight back. Videos circulating on social media allegedly show the Taliban opening fire on anti-Taliban fighters arrested in Panjshir.

As the United States and the world commemorated the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Saturday, the Taliban flag-raising ceremony marked the official start of the rule of men and Taliban, a spokesman said.

The white banner with a Qur’anic verse was hoisted by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, prime minister of the interim Taliban government, said Ahmadullah Muttaqi, head of the multimedia branch of the Taliban cultural commission.

The anniversary milestone came just weeks after the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return to power of the Taliban, who had protected the Osama bin Laden-founded Al Qaeda terrorist network that carried out the attacks.

US President Joe Biden, speaking out of the blue during a visit to the Pennsylvania site where one of the 9/11 plane crashes occurred, again defended the widely criticized withdrawal, saying the US could not invade every country where it is present. Al Qaeda.

“Could al-Qaida return [in Afghanistan]? “he asked in an exchange with reporters outside a Shanksville fire station.” Yes. But guess what, he’s already gone back to other places.

“What is the strategy? Wherever Al Qaeda is, are we going to invade and make the troops stay? Let’s go.”

Biden said it had always been a mistake to think that Afghanistan could be meaningfully united and that US forces had accomplished their core mission when a team of special forces killed Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 in a complex in Pakistan.

Veiled students hold Taliban flags as they listen to a speaker before a pro-Taliban rally at the Shaheed Rabbani University of Education in Kabul on September 11.
Veiled students hold Taliban flags as they listen to a speaker before a pro-Taliban rally at the Shaheed Rabbani University of Education in Kabul on September 11. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi / AFP / Getty Images

On Saturday, the Taliban staged a veiled women’s march that packed an auditorium at the Kabul University educational center in a well-choreographed snub to the past 20 years of Western efforts to empower women. In reality, the Taliban have started to issue harsh edicts that have affected women the most, such as a ban on women’s sports. They have also used violence to stop protests in which women have demanded equal rights.

The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse contributed to this report.

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