Tuesday marks the second anniversary of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, with a spokesman for the Islamist group praising the “conquest of Kabul” that occurred as U.S. personnel withdrew from the country.
The Taliban entered Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on August 15, 2021, as former president Ashraf Ghani fled the country and its military collapsed. According to Reuters, Afghanistan’s new Islamist authorities have declared a public holiday and plan to commemorate their takeover with parades and gatherings today.
“On the second anniversary of the conquest of Kabul, we would like to congratulate the mujahid [holy warrior] nation of Afghanistan and ask them to thank Almighty Allah for this great victory,” a Taliban spokesman was quoted as saying.
“Now that overall security is ensured in the country, the entire territory of the country is managed under a single leadership, an Islamic system is in place and everything is explained from the angle of Sharia,” he added.
According to Reuters, security is strict in Kabul on Tuesday, with Taliban soldiers increasing surveillance.
Taliban’s Unrecognized Leadership: International Community Stance on Afghanistan
The international community continues to refuse to recognize the Taliban’s leadership in Afghanistan.
This week, the United Nations Human Rights Office issued a joint statement signed by more than two dozen “human rights experts” opposing the changes the Taliban has implemented in Afghanistan under their Islamist form of government.
“Two years ago, the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. Since then, the policies they have imposed on the Afghan population have resulted in a continuous, systematic and shocking rescinding of a multitude of human rights, including the rights to education, work, and freedoms of expression, assembly and association,” it said. “Consistent credible reports of summary executions and acts tantamount to enforced disappearances, widespread arbitrary detention, torture, and ill treatment, as well as arbitrary displacement have caused increased concern.”
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