Following the Taliban‘s annexation of Afghanistan, another terror group al Qaeda has congratulated the former and has called for liberating Kashmir from the “enemies of Islam”. This was after the withdrawal of US troops from the war-ravaged Afghanistan late on 30 August.
A letter from al Qaeda was shared on Twitter by a journalist. “Allah! Liberate the Levant, Somalia, Yemen, Kashmir and the rest of the Islamic lands from the clutches of the enemies of Islam,” read a part of the letter addressed to the Taliban.
In the letter, al Qaeda spoke of the withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan and said, “We praise the Almighty, who humiliated and defeated America, the head of disbelief. We praise Him for breaking America’s back, tarnishing its global reputation and expelling it.”
The message from al Qaeda to Taliban is titled “Congratulations to the Islamic Ummah on the victory granted by Allah in Afghanistan”.
Taliban terrorists watched the last US planes take off yesterday before midnight and then fired in the air, celebrating victory after a 20-year insurgency that drove the world’s most powerful military under a bumbling political executive out of one of the poorest countries.
The departure of the US cargo planes marked the end of a massive airlift through which tens of thousands of people fled Afghanistan, fearful of the return of Islamic orthodoxy under the Taliban rule after the terrorists – no longer referred to as such by nations and journalists – captured most of the country and rolled into Kabul on 15 August.
“The last five aircraft have left, it’s over!” said Hemad Sherzad, a Taliban terrorist stationed at Kabul’s international airport. “I cannot express my happiness in words… Our 20 years of sacrifice worked.”
In Washington, DC, Gen Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command, announced the completion of America’s longest war and the evacuation effort, saying the last planes took off from Kabul airport at 3:29 PM EDT one minute before midnight on 30 August in Kabul.
“We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out,” Gen McKenzie said.
The Kabul international airport had been one of the few ways out. At one point, people flocked to the tarmac and seven fell to their deaths after clinging to a plane that was taking off. Seven more died in a stampede of people outside a gate of the airport.
The Taliban has said the terrorists will allow normal travel, but it is unclear how they will run the airport and which commercial carriers will begin flying in, given security concerns.
Qatar, a close US ally that has long hosted a Taliban political office, has been participating in negotiations over operations at the airport with Afghan and international parties, mainly the US and Turkey. Qatari Assistant Foreign Minister Lolwa al Khater said its main priority was restoring regular operations while maintaining security at the airport.
The last known US military operation in Afghanistan happened on 29 August when American officials said a drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying IS suicide bombers who were planning to attack the airport.
But like so much about the Afghanistan war and other American misadventures, it did not go as planned.