The Taliban proudly posed for pictures as they gained full control of the Hamid Karzai International airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, hours after the last US military departure that concluded America's longest conflict. Taliban commanders and fighters were all over the Kabul airport after the last US airplane took off, from the gates to the runway.
Three Taliban militants can be seen inside what is believed to be the Kabul airport's Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower in a photo that has gone viral on social media.While two Taliban fighters can be seen sitting comfortably inside the ATC tower, another armed Taliban fighter stands guard behind them.
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After the last US plane left its runway, marking the end of America's longest war, the Taliban took complete control of Kabul's international airport on Tuesday. The Taliban spoke to the media at Kabul airport hours after US soldiers left, declaring that the "success" belonged to all Afghans. Following the US withdrawal, Taliban fighters took a symbolic walk across the runway at Kabul International Airport to celebrate their victory.