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As world marks 9/11, Taliban flag raised over American embassy

The flag ceremony Saturday marks the start of the work of the all-male, all-Taliban interim government.
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The iconic Taliban flag is painted on a wall outside the American embassy compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban raised their iconic white flag over the Afghan presidential palace in a low-key ceremony just as the U.S. and the world marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. 

The flag ceremony Saturday marks the start of the work of the all-male, all-Taliban interim government. 

Two decades ago, the Taliban ruled with an uncompromisingly heavy hand. 

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A street vendor selling Taliban flags waits for customers outside the American embassy compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Television was banned, and on the day of the horrific attacks on America, the news spread from crackling radios across the darkened streets of the Afghan capital. 

Twenty years later, the Taliban are back in Kabul. America has departed, ending its ‘forever war’ two weeks before the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

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