Taliban flag flies at Afghan presidential palace

A Taliban official says that the group raised their flag over the Afghan presidential palace in a brief ceremony today — the same day the US and the world mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The milestone anniversary takes place just weeks after the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return to power of the Taliban, the faction that sheltered the al-Qaeda terror network founded by Osama bin Laden that carried out the attacks.

The Taliban’s new Prime Minister Mohammad Hasan Akhund raised the flag in a ceremony at 11 a.m. local time to mark the official start of work by the Taliban’s 33-member caretaker government, says Ahmadullahh Muttaqi, multimedia chief of the group’s cultural commission.

Taliban soldiers stand guard in Panjshir province northeastern of Afghanistan, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Mohammad Asif Khan)

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