Afghanistan Marks 1 Year Since Taliban Seizure As Woes Mount

KABUL (AP) — The Taliban are marking a year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The rapid takeover triggered a hasty escape of the nation’s Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and has fundamentally transformed the country.

On Monday, bearded Taliban fighters 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.