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A Taliban checkpoint in the streets of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Taliban marked Afghanistan's Independence Day on Thursday by declaring it forced the U.S. out of the country and calling on crowds of Afghans waiting for flights at Kabul's airport to go home, per multiple reports.

What they're saying: The Taliban noted that on Afghan Independence Day, the country celebrates the anniversary of the 1919 treaty that ended British rule, per AP. "We at the same time as a result of our jihadi resistance forced another arrogant power of the world, the United States, to fail and retreat from our holy territory of Afghanistan."

  • A Taliban spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that Afghanistan would not be a democracy under its government, adding that it would rule under a form of Islamic legal system.
  • "It is Sharia law and that is it," he said.

What else is happening: Chaotic scenes continued at Kabul's airport Thursday, as the evacuation of Westerners and Afghan citizens who worked at embassies continued, the BBC notes.

  • There were reports that Afghans waiting at the airport hoping to board flights out of the country had been "beaten by Taliban guards," according to the BBC.
  • 12 people have been killed in and around the airport due to gunfire or stampedes, Reuters reports.

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Flying Afghan evacuees through donated miles

Handout image of evacuees from Kabul in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (Photo: Marc Tessensohn/Bundeswehr via Getty Images)

Two aid groups have set out to provide free flights for every evacuee from Afghanistan to travel to their safe homes.

Why it matters: Welcome.US and Miles4Migrants launched what they call the “Billion Mile Challenge” on Tuesday; the goal is to provide roughly 70,000 domestic flights from U.S. military bases through donated miles, credit card points and cash. Refugees typically must fund their own travel, according to Mile4Migrants co-founder Andy Freedman.

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Peloton pumps its brakes

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Peloton’s popularity is falling as swiftly as it shot up.

Why it matters: Not all pandemic habits stick around. Peloton's trajectory over the past two years exemplifies how challenging it's been for companies to gauge shifts in consumer demand — particularly in sectors heavily altered by the pandemic.

First look: Senators propose bill to ban corporate PACs

Sens. Jon Ossoff and Mark Kelly. Photos: Chip Somodevilla (left), Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

Sens. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) will soon propose a bill prohibiting for-profit corporations from establishing and managing political action committees, according to a copy of the legislation obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The introduction of "The Ban Corporate PACs Act" comes amid heightened scrutiny on Capitol Hill regarding money in politics, including efforts to bar companies from influencing political campaigns and federal elections. It would likely face a court challenge and First Amendment concerns.