The scenes are ridiculous: Taliban fighters jump on a trampoline in an amusement park in Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest city, make rounds in coup cars and laughingly sit on a pram.
They are also having fun in the fitness room of the presidential palace in Kabul: fighters are overly excited to push a cross trainer and photograph each other lifting weights.
These recordings appeared on Twitter after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. It is in contrast to the stunning images that show hundreds of Afghans running behind a plane and trying to hold on to the plane as it takes off. A desperate attempt to leave the country.
Like young children: Taliban fighters are having fun here in the president’s gym(00:32)
“No revenge on anyone”
Taliban negotiators are currently speaking in official interviews that there will be no “revenge on anyone”. They still pretend to be peaceful and claim respect for women’s rights. Middle East expert Ulrich Tilgner (73) does not trust Taliban promises, tells Blake.
When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, women were not allowed to take to the streets without a burqa and accompanying a man. Girls were prevented from going to school. (Trap)
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