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Taliban leader hails Afghan victory at gathering to forge national unity
KABUL (Reuters) -The reclusive supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban hailed the Islamists’ 2021 takeover of Afghanistan during a meeting on Friday called to forge national unity and attended by religious leaders from around the country. Taliban spokesmen confirmed that Haibatullah Akhundzada, who is based in the southern city of Kandahar, had come to the capital Kabul for the all-male gathering of some 3,000 participants. After receiving pledges of allegiance from participants raising their hands, Akhundzada praised the Taliban’s victory last August, which marked the end of a 20-year struggle to overthrow a Western-backed government and drive U.S.-led forces out of the country.