- Title: Taliban militant asks Afghans in outdoor address: "Where is our identity?"
- Date: 23rd August 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 23, 2021) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WALKING PAST SECURITY PERSONNEL STANDING AT KABUL AIRPORT (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) UNIDENTIFIED TALIBAN MILITANT, SAYING: "The Taliban fought the Americans. They (Taliban) fought against the Americans on empty stomachs. I am Afghan, he is Afghan, you are all Afghans. Where is our identity? Where has our honour gone to? Where has our dignity gone to? Today we cannot do any labour, we cannot earn any money. We will not let the Americans continue to be here. They will have to leave this place and go from here, even if they have to grow horns on their heads. Whether it is a gun or a pen, we will fight to our last breath. Wars are fought with the spirit of faith. The Americans and their servants are still here and they are helping one another. We are not afraid of all these forces who have been collaborating with one another. America's servants are still here. Let me take one individual from amongst you - they are afraid of that one single person from amongst you. We don't want someone else to loot Afghanistan's wealth, our treasure. No one can take our Bayt al-mal (treasury), no one can fight our forces. These are our assets. They are important to us." PEOPLE WALKING PAST VENDOR CARTS ALONG ROAD POINT OF VIEW OF DRIVE DOWN A ROAD / VEHICLES AND VENDOR CARTS LINING ROADSIDE
- Embargoed: 6th September 2021 12:22
- Keywords: Afghanistan Islamist Kabul Taliban insurgents militants
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERI0WUF
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- Story Text: A local Taliban militant addressed a large crowd of Afghans in Kabul on Monday (August 23), urging them to remain in the country, even as thousands of Afghans and foreigners thronged the airport, hoping to flee.
"I am Afghan, he is Afghan, you are all Afghans. Where is our identity? Where has our honour gone to? Where has our dignity gone to? Today we cannot do any labour, we cannot earn any money. We will not let the Americans continue to be here. They will have to leave this place," the unidentified insurgent said. "Whether it is a gun or a pen, we will fight to our last breath."
Thousands of Afghans and foreigners have thronged the airport for days, hoping to catch a flight out after Taliban fighters captured Kabul on Aug. 15, as U.S.-led forces aim to complete their pullout by the end of the month. Twenty people have been killed in the chaos at the airport, most in shootings and stampedes, as U.S. and international forces try to evacuate citizens and vulnerable Afghans. One person was killed in Monday's clash.
The Taliban seized power just over a week ago as the United States and its allies withdraw troops after a 20-year war launched in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as U.S. forces hunted al Qaeda leaders and sought to punish their Taliban hosts.
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