The Taliban declared victory Tuesday after the last U.S. troops left Afghanistan, with an official from the insurgent group declaring that the nation is free.
The group marched into Kabul’s international airport on Tuesday, dressed in camouflage and posing for photos, The Associated Press reported.
“Afghanistan is finally free,” Hekmatuhha Wasiq, a Taliban official, told the AP.
“The military and civilian side [of the airport] are with us and in control. Hopefully, we will be announcing our Cabinet. Everything is peaceful. Everything is safe,” Wasiq said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid reportedly told the group at the airport that they should be “very cautious in dealing with the nation.”
“Our nation has suffered war and invasion and the people do not have more tolerance,” Mujahid said.
America’s longest war came to an end Monday after the last C-17 left Hamid Karzai International Airport at roughly 3:30 p.m. ET. The Pentagon released a photo of the last American solider boarding the flight, identified as Army Maj. Chris Donahue.
The U.S. helped evacuate 123,000 people including U.S citizens and Afghans since July. Still, just under 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan.