Taliban celebrate “moment of victory” after last foreign forces leave Afghanistan – BBC News

The Taliban have been making the most of their first day in full control of Afghanistan – an “enjoyable moment of victory” according to their leaders.

Taliban fighters have been keen to show off some of the equipment and weapons left behind by US forces, while pointing out that they now control more of Afghanistan than they did 20 years ago when the military intervention started.

At the White House President Biden delivered a detailed defence of his decision to order the US withdrawal. Despite criticism from many quarters he said the evacuation efforts had been an “extraordinary success” and insisted he’d been faced with a stark choice, between “leaving or escalating”.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Lyse Doucet in Kabul and Aleem Maqbool in Washington. `

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