This past Tuesday, groups of Taliban supporters and fighters have reportedly been mocking U.S. soldiers and other various service members of other NATO allies while parading flag wrapped coffins through the streets of the city of Kost.
In the aftermath of the United States pulling out of Afghanistan, the Taliban seem to be celebrating and cheering after the last U.S. troop transport left the country this past Monday after multiple weeks of chaotic fighting and rushed evacuations. The U.S. has potentially left behind multiple hundreds of American citizens and many thousands of Afghan allies who had taken jobs working with the U.S. Military during the past 20-year war in Afghanistan.
Recently, Reuters has managed to get photos of the Taliban celebrating throughout Kost and showing the supporters of the Islamic terror group to be lifting coffins covered in British, French, and American flags and parading them through the streets.
As reported by Reuters:
The mock funeral, in which coffins covered in French and British flags were also carried along the street through a large crowd, marked the end of a 20-year war and a hasty and humiliating exit for Washington and its NATO allies.
Some of the crowd held guns aloft, while others waved Taliban flags or snapped the procession on mobile phones.
“August 31 is our formal Freedom Day. On this day, American occupying forces and NATO forces fled the country,” Taliban official Qari Saeed Khosti told local television station Zhman TV during its coverage of the event.
This shameful display crops up just a scant few days after a terror attack that claimed the lives of 13 U.S. service members at the Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport, which at the time was the staging grounds for NATO and U.S. evacuations in the aftermath of the Taliban taking Kabul back on August 15th.
Just this past week, fighters aligned with the Islamic State-affiliated terror group ISIS-K launched an attack on Karzai. A suicide bomber managed to detonate near one of the airport’s main entrances while groups of other fights held a distraction with a gun battle against the airport guards. Along with the 13 U.S. trooped who were killed, multiple dozens of Afghan civilians died in the attack.
In response, The U.S. launched two designated drone strikes against alleged ISIS-k targets. One of the attacks killed the person who was known to be a planner for the terror cell.
As reported by The Washington Post:
The dead were all from a single extended family who were exiting a car in their modest driveway when the strike hit a nearby vehicle, said Abdul Matin Azizi, a neighbor who saw the attack. Azizi, 20, said the explosion occurred as the family returned home Sunday afternoon around 4:30 p.m.
Azizi said he ran next door to help and found a gruesome scene, the air thick with smoke. “The bodies were covered in blood and shrapnel, and some of the dead children were still inside the car,” he said.
U.S. Central Command said the strike Sunday destroyed an Islamic State car bomb that posed an “imminent” threat to Kabul’s airport. It acknowledged reports of civilian casualties but did not release specifics. The attack is the second U.S. drone strike on Afghanistan in response to a suicide bombing and gunfire attack outside Kabul’s airport on Thursday.