“The government will take shape in the following few days,” Anas Haqqani, a senior Taliban leader.
- “We have covered about 90 to 95 percent and we will announce the final outcome in the following few days,” he said.
- Haqqani spoke to Al Jazeera shortly before the last US military plane departed Hamid Karzai International Airport close to midnight local time (19:30 GMT) on Monday – officially ending the US’s nearly two-decade war in Afghanistan.
- In a tweet following the US withdrawal, Haqqani said that “we made history again. The 20-year occupation of Afghanistan by the United States and NATO ended tonight.”
- Haqqani had told Al Jazeera in an earlier interview that the overall aims of the new government will be “to maintain and be faithful to what we are fighting for. To serve the Afghan people and to serve Islam”.