Taliban fighters hit the fairground as Afghans fear for freedoms

Afghans concern a return to the Taliban’s brutally oppressive rule of the Nineteen Nineties, and the Islamists have already curtailed some freedoms

“This is Afghanistan!” a Taliban fighter shouts on a pirate ship journey at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop onboard the rickety attraction.

With AK-47 and M4 assault rifles strapped to their chests, the troopers cling to vibrant metal benches as they’re flung forwards and backwards, their scarves and headdresses flapping within the wind. 

The group — ranging in age from 18 to 52 — is enjoyable at a small amusement park subsequent to Qarghah Reservoir on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, the place households and youngsters usually journey the Ferris Wheel and carousel.

Since then, Afghans have feared a return to the group’s brutally oppressive rule of the Nineteen Nineties, after they banned music, pictures, tv — and even kids’s video games reminiscent of kite-flying.

Fighters from across the nation flocked to Kabul after the Islamist hardliners swept to energy in mid-August and plenty of had by no means been to a funfair. 

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On the shores of the picturesque reservoir, different Taliban members hop into swan-shaped pedalos because the solar begins to set behind the hills within the distance.

Wearing camouflaged navy uniforms and conventional Afghan garments, they pose with their assault rifles as mates take photos on the pebbly shore.


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