Taliban leaders waited in gamers’ dugout for parade showing off US hardware in Kandahar | World News

Taliban fighters stood aboard captured Humvees as they ready for a parade Wednesday of plundered US army hardware, together with probably a Black Hawk helicopter, in their southern Afghan religious heartland.

A protracted line of inexperienced automobiles sat in single file on a freeway outdoors Afghanistan’s second-biggest metropolis of Kandahar, many with white-and-black Taliban flags hooked up to aerials, in accordance with an AFP journalist.

Fighters manned the controls of the multi-purpose vans — utilized by US, NATO and Afghan forces throughout Afghanistan’s 20 years of warfare — whereas others clambered over the automobiles at Ayno Maina, a city on the outskirts of the town.

Pick-up vans laden with supporters rolled previous the convoy of army automobiles, some armed with heavy weapons and machine weapons.

At least one Black Hawk helicopter has been seen flying over Kandahar in current days, suggesting somebody from the previous Afghan military was on the controls because the Taliban lack certified pilots.

Kandahar is the ethnic Pashtun heartland of the Taliban the place the hardline group was based and from the place it rose to energy in 1996. By 2001, when US-led forces invaded, the Taliban had seized management of many of the nation.

At Kandahar Cricket Ground, white-bearded Taliban leaders waited in the shade in the gamers’ dugout, reclining on armchairs behind picket espresso tables as they waited for the parade to start out.

Others sat crossed-legged on the grass, whereas a whole bunch extra gathered in the terrace stand to observe.

The Taliban’s secretive supreme chief Hibatullah Akhundzada resides in Kandahar, the group mentioned Sunday, after years in the shadows.

Word had unfold that he would make an look Wednesday, however he didn’t present up, leaving the town’s new governor to deal with the group.

In footage posted on-line of the build-up to the occasion, one other helicopter flew overhead trailing a Taliban flag as fighters in headscarves waved beneath.

A day earlier 1000’s of Taliban devoted had poured onto the streets of Kandahar, waving flags and shouting “God is greatest” in celebration on the closing US withdrawal.

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