Victorious Taliban gloat over ruins of CIA’s Afghan base


After America’s longest conflict, Taliban commander Mullah Hasnain contemplates all that’s left of what was a part of the final CIA base — demolished buildings, destroyed automobiles and piles of ammunition.

“We allow them to go peacefully, and look what they’ve left behind,” Hasnain stated, a pacesetter of the Taliban’s elite Badri 313 unit.

The US destroyed the last CIA base in Afghanistan as its troops pulled out

Hasnain, a thick-bearded man wearing conventional brown robes with a waistcoat and black turban, surveyed the charred ruins of the sprawling advanced on the sting of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul.

“Earlier than going, they destroyed the whole lot,” he instructed journalists being proven the location, flanked by Taliban guards cradling American M-16 rifles and outfitted with the most recent army package.

The advanced was as soon as some of the safe websites in Afghanistan, sited on a dusty plain close to the previous US Eagle Base camp and near Kabul airport.

After a two-week blitz of Afghanistan, the Taliban capped their extraordinary victory by sweeping into Kabul on August 15.

It will take two weeks extra earlier than the ultimate US forces flew out, ending their 20-year conflict within the nation.

‘Numerous explosions’

Because the CIA destroyed their base, from the place they educated Afghanistan’s intelligence businesses, the Taliban watched from close by, the commander stated.

The car parking zone is filled with the incinerated wrecks of scores of automobiles

“We have been there for 9 or 10 days,” 35-year-old Hasnain stated, talking in clear English. “There have been a number of explosions.”

“We did not cease them, even the final convoy that glided by street to the airport. We did not assault them, as a result of we adopted orders from our high officers.”

Hasnain pointed at one crater he stated had been “an ammunition warehouse”. Solely a heap of rubble and twisted steel stay.

A Taliban Badri 313 unit officer stands guard at the destroyed CIA base in Deh Sabz District

The US detonated the munition dump on August 27, with the massive blast echoing throughout Kabul and sparking terror.

A day earlier, Islamic State-Khorasan, Afghanistan’s department of the militant franchise and rivals of the Taliban, had attacked crowds on the airport making an attempt to flee.

They killed greater than 100 Afghan civilians and 13 US troops.

Hasnain pointed to a different space, the place dozens of crates filled with a whole lot of rockets have been piled. “Please do not transfer the grenades,” he instructed journalists.

Piles of unused ammunition lay scattered round. “We will nonetheless shoot with them,” he stated.

One constructing was left intact, a big video games room with billiards, desk soccer, darts and mushy velvet armchairs. Its signal nonetheless dangled exterior — “The Snooker Membership”.

He regarded out over a car parking zone, filled with the incinerated wrecks of scores of automobiles.

“We’d like the whole lot for the nation, together with weapons — we do not have sufficient to make sure safety,” he stated.

“Now we now have to purchase them from different international locations,” he added, declining to specify which of them.

Deliberate destruction

The US stated it left as little army tools as potential behind for the Taliban, who carried out years of bloody assaults towards international forces, Afghan troops and the civilian inhabitants.

On the close by airport, US troops disabled or destroyed scores of plane and armoured automobiles, in addition to a high-tech defence system used to cease rocket assaults.

Hasnain was offended on the deliberate destruction, seeing the burned wreckage as symbolic of America’s two-decade keep.

“The US got here to Afghanistan saying that they might rebuild the nation,” he stated. “That is their actual face, they did not go away something.”

The parking lot is packed with the incinerated wrecks of scores of vehicles

The Taliban however seized a significant arsenal of weapons elsewhere, in addition to from the previously US-backed authorities military, together with fleets of armoured automobiles.

Ankle-deep within the ash of the burned base, Hasnain supplied a message of conciliation, echoing his Taliban superiors.

“We didn’t make conflict to kill Individuals,” he stated. “We did it to free the nation and restore sharia regulation.”

However many in Afghanistan bear in mind the tough 1996-2001 regime when the Taliban have been beforehand in energy all too effectively.

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