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This Tuesday, the Taliban celebrate their victory in Afghanistan after the departure, in the night, of the last American soldiers. Victorious gunfire broke out in Kabul on the announcement of the final withdrawal of the US military, hailed as a “historic” success by the Taliban, which returned to power on August 15.

“A lesson for the world”

The Americans entered Afghanistan in 2001, at the head of an international coalition, to oust the Taliban from power because of their refusal to hand over the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, after the attacks of September 11, 2001. in the USA. “Congratulations to Afghanistan (…) This victory is ours to all”, declared this Tuesday morning, the main Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, at the Kabul airport, of which the Islamists had taken total control. a few hours earlier. “It is a great lesson for other invaders and for our future generation”, and “it is also a lesson for the world”, he estimated. “It’s a historic day, it’s a historic moment and we are proud of it.”

“Afghanistan is the graveyard of the superpowers”

In Kandahar too, in the heart of the Pashtun country, an ethnic group from which many Taliban come, cries of joy resounded. Supporters of the Islamists took to the streets of Afghanistan’s second largest city at night on motorcycles or pick-ups. “We defeated the superpower. Afghanistan is the graveyard of the superpowers, ”sang these armed men in traditional dress.

After two weeks of hasty and even chaotic evacuation operations, the last C-17 military transport plane took off from Kabul airport on Monday at 9:29 p.m. PST, or 11:59 p.m. Afghan time. said US General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the command center on which Afghanistan depends. The US military withdrawal was therefore completed 24 hours before the deadline set by US President Joe Biden, for which this day will keep a bitter taste. He must address this Tuesday to his fellow citizens, many of whom are wondering what these two decades of engagement in Afghanistan will have served. In total, the United States deplores some 2,500 deaths and a bill of 2,313 billion dollars in 20 years, according to a study by Brown University. They come out with an image even more tarnished by their inability to predict the speed of the Taliban victory and by their management of evacuations.

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