As they cement their control, the Taliban conduct a triumph rally outside Kabul
At Kohdaman settlement, on the hills outskirts of the city, a throng of mostly men and boys listened to lectures by top Taliban leaders and commanders.
The protest was the first of its sort in the capital since the Islamist group took control of the country during a rapid attack seven weeks ago.
As the ceremony progressed, more and more supporters showed up, leaving several hundred people sitting in chairs in the noon sun to watch.
The deputy minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs, Mawlawi Muslim Haqqani, praised the Islamist hardliners' coup, declaring Christians and Westerners vanquished.
The Taliban's win, according to a speaker from neighbouring Mir Bacha Kot named Rahmatullah, was the outcome of those teenagers who stood in lines to register for suicide strikes.
A procession of warriors holding flags and weaponry, including rocket launchers, marched around the crowd to start things off.
From the side of the stage, tribal elders sat cross-legged and observed.
As thousands gathered, music celebrating the Taliban's achievements reverberated around the venue, guarded by dozens of highly armed fighters dressed in military battle fatigues.
One song said,
"America is defeated, impossible, impossible - but possible!"
As they drove down the sandy road to the location in pick-up trucks, some yelled pro-Taliban chants, while others screamed "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) as they went into the shaded area in front of the stage.
The women protestors were then forced back by gunmen as they attempted to continue the rally, while a foreign journalist was shot with a rifle and prevented from filming.
AFP journalists witnessed a Taliban fighter firing a short burst of bullets into the air with his automatic rifle.
However, since the government issued an order prohibiting rallies without prior authorization and threatening serious legal action against offenders, protests have diminished.
The few that have gone forward have been criticized as meticulously staged PR spectacles, like a gathering at a Kabul university when hundreds of completely veiled women expressed their support for the new administration.