Kabul (Web Desk): The Taliban on Thursday announced the creation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the 102nd anniversary of the country's independence from British rule.
“[This is the] declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule,” Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said in a tweet.
The Taliban announcement came as several countries continue to evacuate their citizens from Afghanistan after the movement took control of the country.
The group used the name for the country when it ruled it between 1996 and 2001, before it was taken from power by US-led forces. It was then known for its oppressive regime, including for its treatment of women.