International desk: The Taliban has declared victory over the United States after all the American soldiers left their 20 years stay in the war-ravaged Afghanistan, media reports said on Tuesday.
The US evacuated its troops within the previously announced deadline of August 31, prompting the Taliban leaders to celebrate the victory by firing gunfire at the airport tarmac.
The radical Islamic group took control over Kabul on August 15 and allowed the US soldiers, deployed in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in the United States in 2001, to leave the country by Tuesday.
It brought to an end to the America’s longest war in Afghanistan. The Kabul airport was the epicenter of the Western evacuation mission.
According to CNN videos showed Taliban fighters filling the night air with gunfire. They walked through the airport after the last US flights left on Monday midnight.
Taliban fighters were also seen posing for photographs while sitting in the cockpits of planes and helicopters that once belonged to the Afghan Air Force, according to the US broadcaster.
“This victory belongs to us all,” said Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, joined by heavily armed fighters from the special Taliban forces, on Tuesday morning.
He congratulated the Taliban fighters lined up and the whole of the nation. He said the Taliban wanted to have “good relations with the US and the world.”