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Video: Taliban patrols streets in rollerblades with AK-47s

Taliban fighters stand ready as the militant group secures the Hamid Karzai International Airport. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
November 19, 2023

A video posted on YouTube and social media shows what appears to be Taliban terrorists patrolling through the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, on rollerblades while armed with AK-47s.

The video footage was first posted to YouTube on Nov. 11 by Yadullah Marvi, who is described as a parkour athlete in Afghanistan. The 22-minute video shows what appear to be Taliban terrorists skating between moving traffic next to a Taliban truck and holding onto the truck while moving through the streets.

“The first part of the military performance of figure skating in the streets of Kabul,” Marvi stated in the video’s description. “In this video, the movement of our figure skaters were filmed, and people’s reactions were also filmed, and this is the first part of the video. Wait for the next parts!”

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The group of Taliban terrorists featured in the YouTube video are believed to have been outfitted with AK-47 rifles and can be seen wearing camouflage uniforms as they rollerblade through the streets of Kabul.

In the video, multiple Taliban terrorist uniforms featured the black and white velcro flags of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which is the official name of the government instituted by the Taliban following the Biden administration’s withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2021, according to Task and Purpose. The Taliban flags displayed in the video also feature an emblem with crossed swords and the Arabic wording, “There is no god but God and Muhammad is God’s messenger.”

Kabul Police spokesman Khalid Zadron confirmed the authenticity of the video to The Telegraph, noting that the video featured public security police officers who were operating under the authority of the Ministry of Interior.

The Telegraph reported that another Taliban security officer also claimed to have witnessed the rollerblading event. “It was really fun: amazing balance and body strength,” he said. “It might be common in the world elsewhere, but for us, it was rare to see on the roads of Kabul.”

According to The New York Post, the Taliban’s rollerblading video seems to be the latest step in the terrorist organization’s rebranding efforts. The outlet noted that the Taliban has previously shared photos of terrorists at amusement parks and swinging on swing sets.