Taliban announce creation of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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The Taliban today announced the creation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, coinciding the declaration with the 102nd anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule.

“[This is the] declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule,” tweeted Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid.

Taliban leaders have in recent days repeatedly vowed not to seek revenge against their opponents, while seeking to project an image of tolerance.

They have also sort to portray growing political authority, with Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar returning from exile and other senior figures meeting ex-president Hamid Karzai.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday that the new regime would be “positively different” from their 1996-2001 stint.

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