Taliban supporters hold mock funeral with American-flag draped coffins

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Taliban supporters hold mock funeral with American-flag draped coffins

Taliban supporters on Tuesday held a mock funeral in one Afghanistan city — carrying coffins draped with American and NATO flags.

The jarring display was one of many celebrations across the country over the departure of US troops that put an end to the nearly 20-year war.

Taliban official Qari Saeed Khosti also declared Aug. 31 “our formal Freedom Day” in an interview with local television station Zhman TV.

“On this day, American occupying forces and NATO forces fled the country,” Khosti said.

During the mock funeral, which took place in the eastern city of Khost, some attendees held their guns in the air while others waved Taliban flags.

French and British flags also covered some of the coffins that were paraded in the streets.

A minute before midnight Monday the last US service member in Afghanistan boarded the final flight out of Kabul, capping out a chaotic mission to evacuate 123,000 civilians from the country after the Taliban takeover.

A man speaking to the crowd during the mock funerals to celebrate the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan.
A man speaking to the crowd during the mock funerals to celebrate the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.
ZHMAN TV via REUTERS
The celebration also featured fake coffins with the NATO and British flags.
The celebration also featured fake coffins with the NATO and British flags.
ZHMAN TV via REUTERS

Over 100 Americans, however, and thousands of Afghan allies are believed to have been left behind.

President Biden has tasked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to work with international partners to hold the Taliban to their promise of safe passage for Americans and others who want to leave in the coming days.

With Post wires

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