Jalalabad City, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021; In the photo, Taliban militants raise the movement’s flag – Photo: Reuters
At least three people were killed and 12 wounded, according to Reuters and Al Jazeera network.
The protest started because the Taliban took the flag of Afghanistan from a monument in the center of the city and placed its own flag.
People raise Taliban flags at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, August 16, 2021 – Photo: Saeed Ali Achakzai / Reuters
A large part of the city’s population did not like the change and decided to protest.
According to the New York Times, hundreds of protesters staged a protest on the city’s main shopping street. They were holding the flag of Afghanistan, whistling and screaming.
Taliban members fired into the air to disperse the crowd. This did not happen. Then the Taliban began attacking the demonstrators.
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The city taken after an agreement with the extremists
Jalalabad is close to the main Afghan border with Pakistan and is an important trading center.
Map showing the location of Jalalabad, Afghanistan – Photo: G1
The Taliban took control of the city four days ago. There was not much fighting: local leaders came to an agreement with the extremists.
Protests also erupted in the southern city of Khost.
The Taliban’s response to the demonstration in Jalalabad shows that the group’s leaders’ attempt to present themselves as moderates can only be done in words. “We don’t want Afghanistan as a battlefield,” the group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told a news conference on Tuesday.
Chaos outside Kabul airport
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Wednesday’s clashes took place outside Kabul airport – and many people are still trying to flee Afghanistan.
And at least 17 people were injured, according to information from a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) agent at the scene and relayed to the “New York Times”.
The US military took control of the interior of the airport and flights resumed. However, outside, the situation is chaotic.
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