Taliban fighters ride in a convoy near the US embassy in Kabul on Aug. 15, 2022.
(Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images) KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul, a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation's Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country.Bearded Taliban fighters, some hoisting rifles or the white banners of their movement, staged small victory parades on foot, bicycles and motorcycles in the streets of the capital. One small group marched past the former U.S.
Embassy, chanting "Long live Islam" and "Death to America."A year after the dramatic day, much has changed in Afghanistan. The former insurgents struggle to govern and remain internationally isolated.
The economic downturn has driven millions more Afghans into poverty and even hunger, as the flow of foreign aid slowed to a trickle.RELATED: Afghanistan and the Taliban: From 9/11 to todayMeanwhile, hard-liners appear to hold sway in the Taliban-led government, which imposed severe restrictions on access to education and jobs for girls and women, despite initial promises to the contrary. A year on, teenage girls are still barred from school and women are required to cover themselves head-to-toe in public, with only the eyes showing.Some are trying to find ways to keep education from stalling for a generation of young women and underground schools in homes have spring up.A year ago, thousands of Afghans had rushed to Kabul International Airport to flee the Taliban amid the U.S.
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