The militant group kicked off its festivities at the former US airbase Bagram Airfield, reported Rebel News. That base was abandoned ahead of the sudden withdrawal one year ago without notifying local Afghan authorities.
The lack of communication gave Taliban militants plenty of time to loot vehicles and equipment from the airbase before taking it over.
The celebratory parade commenced from there, led by the vehicles that the Biden administration forced the military to leave behind.
“American vehicles, helicopters, planes, and other weaponry were paraded by the terrorist leaders and other spectators in what can only be described as a giant middle finger to the United States and specifically Joe Biden whose humiliating withdrawal failed to plan for the removal or destruction of U.S. military assets,” reported Townhall.
A video posted to Twitter showed uniform processions down the streets of Afghanistan, featuring dozens of US M1117 Armored Security Vehicles and International MaxxPro MRAPs paraded by members of the Taliban.
Another picture showed two Cessna 208 Grand Caravans flying over the procession. Several ex-Indian Air Force Mi-35 helicopters, donated by India to help Afghanistan, were seen being flown by the Taliban as well.
One other video showed well-dressed Taliban leaders giving speeches after walking down a red carpet near clean, expensive cars.
🇺🇸🇦🇫The Taliban held a parade at the former main Afghan US airbase Bagram in honor of the anniversary of the Americans’ departure pic.twitter.com/KSpq5h7TA0
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZmilitary1) August 31, 2022
Thirteen US servicemembers were killed during that withdrawal. The families left behind have accused the Biden administration of lacking accountability and being “way too quiet.”
“”You want to know exactly what happened because things just don’t line up,” said Jaclyn Schmitz, stepmother of Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, who was killed during the withdrawal.
“We haven’t heard anything from the administration. There’s really been no communication.”
The Taliban prime minister is urging militants not to “lose the ideals of Jihad.”