Taliban flag flies at Afghan presidential palace

KABUL: The Taliban flag fluttered over the Afghan presidential palace on Saturday — the same day the US and world marked 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks.

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

Hemad Sherzad, a Taliban fighter and member of the group’s cultural council, said the flag at the presidential palace was raised on Friday morning. The militant group has also painted their white-backdrop banner on the entry gate to the U.S. Embassy building.

The US is set to mark the 9/11 anniversary with commemorations at New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. – AP