Afghanistan: CNN reporter says Taliban fighters ‘seem friendly’
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The videos, posted to social media, reportedly show members enjoying a merry-go-round and the dodgems. One of the dodgem drivers appears to be clutching an automatic rifle, as his companion steers the car around the circuit. Other jihadists can be seen sitting on horses on the merry-go-round in the second clip.
The videos have been watched more than 1.5million times.
The Taliban claimed victory in their war against the Afghan government on Sunday after capturing the capital, Kabul.
An unnamed official told the Associated Press that the Islamist group were planning to declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the capital’s presidential palace in the near future.
It comes as reports emerged of the militants seeking out girls as young as twelve as sex slaves for their fighters.
Taliban commanders are said to have ordered local imams in areas under their control to bring them lists of women aged between 12-45 for their fighters to marry.
The women are regarded as “qhanimat” or “spoils of war” – to be divided up among the victors.
The Islamists are also reported to be hunting down Afghans who cooperated with NATO forces after the invasion in 2001.
The recent fighting has led to a humanitarian crisis, as terrified civilians fled from the Taliban advance.
Some 360,000 people in Afghanistan have been uprooted from their homes by the conflict since January, and an additional 30,000 are reportedly fleeing the country each day, according to the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
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Vicki Aken, Afghanistan director for the IRC, said: “Hundreds of thousands of people have already been internally displaced due to conflict as well as drought.
“We are on pace for record civilian deaths and injuries, with the majority being women and children.
“Schools are closed, food shortages abound, and people are turning to desperate measures such as child labour and early marriage for girls.”
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