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Taliban Declare Victory From Kabul Airport

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Taliban fighters stand guard inside the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the U.S. withdrawal in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. The Taliban were in full control of Kabul's international airport on Tuesday, after the last U.S. plane left its runway, marking the end of America's longest war. (AP Photo/Kathy Gannon)

(AP) — The Taliban now have full control of Kabul’s international airport after the last U.S. plane took off, marking the end of America’s longest war. Vehicles with armed Taliban fighters raced back and forth along the airport’s sole runway on the northern military side of the airfield. Before dawn broke on Tuesday, the Taliban walked through hangars on the military side, passing some of the seven CH-46 helicopters the U.S. used in its evacuations before rendering them unusable. On the civilian side of the airport, Taliban fighters draped their white flags over barriers as dozens of suitcases, shoes and clothes were left strewn across the floor from the chaotic evacuation.

 

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