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Afghanistan ‘a free nation’: Taliban hails US troops departure

The Taliban says Afghanistan is a “free and sovereign” nation as it hails the exit of US troops after 20 years of occupation, describing their departure as a “historic moment”.

Taliban fighters took charge of Kabul’s airport as the last US soldiers flew out of the country today .

Celebratory gunfire and fireworks lit up the Kabul night sky.

Speaking to reporters from Kabul airport on Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says they do not have any doubt that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is a free and sovereign nation.

He also promised Afghans will protect their freedom, independence and Islamic values”.

Earlier, Marine General Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command, announced that the last American troops flew out of Kabul just before midnight local time (19:30 GMT).

McKenzie said the Taliban “were actually very helpful and useful to them as they closed down operations.”

Adapted: Al Jazeera

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