‘Americans were in our country for 20 years for their own benefit’
On 9/11 anniversary, some Afghans blame departed US forces for their woes as they hail the Taliban
War-weary residents of Kabul expressed anger and feelings of betrayal by the US on Saturday, as the world marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that prompted a US invasion of Afghanistan and the toppling of its Taliban rulers.
After a two-decade occupation, US forces abruptly pulled out of Afghanistan last month, triggering the collapse of its Western-backed government and the Taliban’s dramatic return to power.
“The misfortunes we are experiencing are because of America,” said Abdul Waris, a Kabul resident, as the white flags of the Taliban, emblazoned with lines from the Koran, hung from nearby lampposts...