The Taliban have showcased some of the American military hardware they captured during their takeover of Afghanistan. During the military parade, a long line of Humvee and other armored vehicles, flying white-and-black Taliban flags, drove a highway outside the city of Kandahar. The parade was held to celebrate the exit of US troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban also flew an Afghan army Black Hawk helicopter during celebrations. The last remaining US troops left the country late Monday to end their 20-year invasion.
A Russian-brokered ceasefire has taken hold in Syria’s southern city of Dara’a following weeks of clashes between the government forces and Western-backed militants. Media belonging to both the Syrian government and the militants have confirmed the agreement. As part of the deal, Russian military police are deployed in Dara’a al-Balad, the militant-held old quarter of the city. The deal also involves the disarming or expulsion of a dozen terrorists who the Syrian government considered as a threat to the ceasefire agreement. Over the past weeks, the area has witnessed heavy fighting that led to dozens of militants and a number of soldiers being killed and many residents in the area being forced to flee their homes.
Kashmiri leader dies
Indian authorities have imposed a security crackdown in Kashmir after the death of pro-independence leader Syed Ali Geelani. Troops put up barbed wire rolls and barricades on roads leading to Geelani's house in the city of Srinagar after the family announced his death. Media reports have said a curfew would also be imposed. Geelani was the face of the independence movement in Jammu and Kashmir and a campaigner against Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region. He died at the age of 92 while under house arrest for the past 11 years. Thursday’s clampdown is another in a series of similar incidents since New Delhi scrapped the region’s semi-autonomous status last year. India and Pakistan each control parts of the contested region but both claim it in full.