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Our special envoy in Kabul, Cyril Payen, was able to go under Taliban escort on the tarmac of the military part of Kabul airport. Amid the military equipment abandoned by the United States and its Afghan allies, Taliban officials assure that it will make the complex operational again and that with the Americans gone, the Islamic State group has nothing more to do in Afghanistan. Reporting.
Kabul Airport, August 31, 2021. In recent hours, the city has officially become the capital of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The Taliban won the war by taking the last sanctuary held by American forces, who left the scene after twenty long years of presence.
The track is like abandoned. Just 24 hours ago, it was the scene of one of the most important airlifts in history. One of the Taliban officials present told us that “the infidel-led invasion ended here. They told us they were bringing democracy and development and look, they left us nothing, they got everything. destroyed on leaving. “
For the new masters of the country everything remains to be done
The places bear the scars of violent fighting and the American soldiers did not leave without sabotaging what they could not bring … But the Taliban are confident. “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has professionals in its ranks who will fly planes again,” assures a Taliban commander who has declared himself head of the airport.
However, the threat from their rivals in the Islamic State group hangs over the country. On the tarmac of the airport, the Taliban assure that “with the withdrawal of the Americans, Daesh has nothing more to do here. Inch’Allah, we will put an end to the insecurity”.
A report by Cyril Payen, Hamid Yusufzada and Abdul Qauoom Hamidi