Taliban fighters set off fireworks in the skies of Kabul as they celebrate the first anniversary of US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, near the former US embassy in Kabul on Tuesday. AFP
The withdrawal, completed a minute before midnight on Aug. 30, 2021, came as the Taliban swept to power after a 20-year insurgency against US-led forces who invaded Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
"The experience of the past 20 years can be a good guide... Any kind of pressure and threats on Afghanistanâ€™s people in the last 20 years has failed and just increased the crisis," the Taliban said in a statement.
Taliban fighters celebrate the first anniversary of the withdrawal of US-led troops from Afghanistan in Kabul. AP
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan â€” the name the Taliban give their government â€” is the "legitimate government of the country and the representative of the brave Afghan nation", the statement said.
No country has recognised the Taliban, who took over Afghanistan with a speed and ease that took the world by surprise, following which President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and his government collapsed.
US led forces left two weeks later in chaos.
The Taliban statement called on the international community to allow Afghans to have an independent Islamic government that has a "positive interaction with the world".
Children celebrate the first anniversary of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday. AFP
The international community has pressed the Taliban on human rights, particularly those of girls and women whose access to school and work has been limited. It has also urged the Taliban to stopping harassing critics, activists and journalists.
The Taliban say they are discussing the matter of girlsâ€™ education and deny cracking down on dissent.
Fireworks lit up the Kabul sky on Tuesday night on the first anniversary of the withdrawal of foreign troops which the Taliban are marking as "Freedom Day".
Wednesday was also a public holiday, with small celebrations across Kabul including parades by Taliban forces.