Bizarre footage of Taliban having fun

The Taliban continues to tighten its grip on Kabul after launching a swift attack on Afghanistan two weeks ago.

It took the militant group just 10 days to conquer the nation after the US and its allies removed all troops.

And while there was fear Taliban fighters would take the Afghan capital with violent and deadly force, a handful of members appear to be taking a different approach.

Bizarre footage, posted online by Reuters reporter Hamid Shalizi, who is based in Kabul, showed a group of Taliban fighters spending time at an amusement park.

One video showed the soldiers laughing and driving bumper cars around the amusement park – some while holding assault rifles – while another video showed them playing on a merry-go-round type of ride.

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Victorious Taliban fighters have been patrolling Kabul since Monday after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan’s 20-year war.

President Ashraf Ghani flew out of the country on Sunday as the insurgents encircled the capital, capping a military victory that saw them capture the country’s major cities in a 10-day lightning offensive.

“The Taliban have won with the judgement of their swords and guns, and are now responsible for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,” Ghani said afterwards.

Government forces collapsed without the support of the US military, which invaded in 2001 after the September 11 attacks and toppled the Taliban for its support of al-Qaeda.

Taliban fighters took over checkpoints across the city, and militants with rifles slung over their shoulders walked through the streets of the Green Zone, the heavily fortified district that houses most embassies and international organisations.

The Taliban sought to reassure the international community that Afghans should not fear them, and said they will not take revenge against those who supported the US-backed alliance.

In a message posted to social media, Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar called on his fighters to remain disciplined after taking control of the city.

“Now it’s time to test and prove. Now we have to show that we can serve our nation and ensure security and comfort of life,” he said.

The Taliban’s capture of the capital occurred, as in many other cities, with little of the bloodshed many had feared.

China was the first major nation to flag support for the Taliban, stating it was ready for “friendly relations”.

Both Russia and Iran also made diplomatic overtures.

The US State Department said any ties with a Taliban government would depend on their respect of human rights and rejection of extremism.

With AFP

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