A year after the Taliban entered Kabul to overthrow the US-backed government, the Taliban Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs declared August 15 to be a public holiday to commemorate the first anniversary of Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

According to the Taliban-run Bakhtar News Agency, Monday is a national holiday on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Taliban’s victory against the US and its allies’ “occupation” of Afghanistan.

President Ashraf Ghani fled the country last year on August 15, when the Taliban had already seized virtually the capitals of all provinces except Panjshir and had advanced to the Kabul gates.

The Taliban swept into Kabul and seized the presidential palace as Ghani’s escape became common knowledge.

The Taliban were to enter Kabul following a political settlement, but they crossed the Kabul gates saying that since the previous government head and security officials fled the country, they entered to provide security.

The Taliban have changed the country’s calendar to include the 15th of August as a public holiday while eliminating cultural and traditional holidays such as Nowruz and the holiday commemorating the 10th of Muharram (Ashura).

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