Taliban hoist flag above seat of power as US marks 9/11 attacks – .

Taliban hoist flag above seat of power as US marks 9/11 attacks – .

ISLAMABAD / TORONTO – On the same day, government buildings across the United States half-masted their flags, the Taliban hoisted their flag above the presidential palace in Kabul.

Americans spent Saturday remembering the 9/11 attacks, while the Afghan people reflected on 20 years of war and the sudden return of the Taliban. Now that American forces are no longer in the country, many are wondering what will come next.

A man who spoke to Reuters offered his blessings to the Taliban if they can bring peace. Another man said that at least now that the United States is gone, there is security and the killings have stopped.

The Taliban is unlikely to have survived all this time without the support of Pakistan, which was often an obscure source of money, weapons and military training. The Pakistani military intelligence chief was even pictured sipping tea with the Taliban leadership.

“Pakistan has a history, a relationship with the Taliban,” Pakistani journalist Haroon Rashid told CTV National News. ” [The Taliban takeover] was not as unexpected or obnoxious in some circles in Pakistan. “

The Pakistani people are much less afraid of the Taliban, at least compared to much of the rest of the world.

If the Taliban are doing well in their country, there should be no problem in Pakistan, a man told CTV National News.

Another family shared the same hope, as long as the Taliban stay where they are.

“I’m with the Taliban,” a woman told CTV National News, but when asked if the group was in power in Pakistan, she replied, “Oh, no, I don’t want that.

The September 11 attacks brought two decades of unrelenting unrest to this part of the world. What Pakistan wants most now is a friendly neighbor, and that ball is in the Taliban’s court.


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