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Taliban Declare August 15 Holiday to Celebrate One Year of Rule

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Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Zabi Karimi)

The Taliban (under UN sanctions over terrorism) have declared August 15, the day when it captured Kabul last year, a public holiday to mark the first anniversary of its rise to power in Afghanistan, according to a document at Sputnik’s disposal.

At the same time, leaders of the movement have promised to remove a number of national holidays from the calendar.

The Taliban came to power in Afghanistan in August 2021, resulting in the collapse of the US-backed civilian government and mass evacuations. The Afghan population has been facing a deepening economic, humanitarian and security crisis since then, while the movement is being heavily criticized over violations of human rights and freedoms in the country.

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