Public Holiday in Afghanistan in 2022

Public Holiday in Afghanistan in 2022
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2022 Afghanistan Wed, Aug 31 National Holiday

A public holiday to commemorate the anniversary of the US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The Taliban have declared August 31st, the day when US troops withdrew from Afghanistan in 2021, a public holiday, according to a statement.

Festive events have been planned for August 31st to mark the anniversary.

Earlier in August 2022, the Taliban had declared August 15th a national holiday to celebrate the first anniversary of its return to power in Afghanistan.

The Taliban came to power in Afghanistan in August 2021, after the collapse of the US-backed civilian government and mass evacuations. On August 31st 2021, US forces withdrew from the country after 20 years of military presence. Since the Taliban's takeover, the Afghan population has been facing a deepening economic, humanitarian and security crisis.

The withdrawal of troops at midnight on August 31st 2022 ended America's longest war -- a military intervention that began in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.

Some 66,000 Afghan troops and 48,000 civilians were killed in the conflict, but it was the deaths of US service members -- 2,461 in total -- that became too much for the American public to bear.

More than 3,500 troops from other NATO countries were also killed.

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