Taliban Holds Anti-US Demonstrations After al-Qaeda Leader Killed

8/5/2022

The Taliban held anti-US demonstrations across Afghanistan on August 5.

Anas Haqqani, a Taliban leader, published pictures of the demonstrations depicting dozens of the group’s supporters with anti-US and anti-Pakistan slogans.

The demonstrators called Pakistan a partner of the US in the attack on Kabul and chanted slogans like ‘Death to ISI’, among others.

The Taliban considered the US drone strike on the al-Qaeda leader’s safe house in Kabul a violation of Afghanistan's sovereignty and condemned it.

Anas Haqqani, the brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is said to have owned the house in which al-Zawahiri was killed, said in a tweet on Friday that the US violated the Doha agreement. According to Haqqani, "America once again violated the UN Charter and the Doha Agreement by attacking our territory with drones."

He said that the US strike was "disrespectful" for a peaceful world and Afghans will not tolerate violations of their national sovereignty.

The Taliban had urged Afghans to participate in the anti-American demonstration after Friday prayers.

Sources told Afghanistan International that before the demonstrations the Taliban had asked journalists to cover speeches of imams during the Friday prayers.

According to these sources, the information and culture departments of the Taliban in the provinces had identified a list of mosques for journalists and ordered them to cover the demonstrations as well as the speeches of the imams of the mosques.

A source told Afghanistan International that Taliban officials had asked government employees to participate in the anti-US demonstrations.

Five days after Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a US drone attack, the Taliban said that they were unaware of the al-Qaeda leader's entry and presence in Kabul. The Taliban announced an investigation into the killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri on Thursday.

US President Joe Biden recently confirmed that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a US drone strike in Kabul.

On July 30, the Taliban said that a rocket hit a residential house in Sherpur area, Kabul, and that the attack did not cause any casualties. The group then said that the attack was carried out by the United States.

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