The Taliban in Playful Mood on Pirate Ship in Kabul

Published September 29th, 2021 - 03:07 GMT

“This is Afghanistan!” a Taliban fighter shouts on a pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul.

Taliban fighters pictured wielding RPGs and assault rifles while paddling.

The pictures show activists riding swan-themed ships on the water at Band-e Amir National Park – once a hotspot for international travelers and domestic tourists – in central Afghanistan yesterday.

With AK-47 and M4 assault rifles strapped to their chests, the soldiers cling to colorful steel benches as they are flung back and forth, their scarves and headdresses flapping in the wind.

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In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

Taliban fighter carrying a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher stands on pirate ship ride in a fairground at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

Taliban fighter carrying a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher stands on pirate ship ride in a fairground at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

"This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

"This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

Taliban fighters offer prayers on a dock for boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

Taliban fighters offer prayers on a dock for boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR

In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighter carrying a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher stands on pirate ship ride in a fairground at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
"This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighters offer prayers on a dock for boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighter carrying a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher stands on pirate ship ride in a fairground at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighter carrying a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher stands on pirate ship ride in a fairground at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
"This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
"This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
In this photograph taken on September 28, 2021 Taliban fighters ride on paddle boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighters offer prayers on a dock for boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR
Taliban fighters offer prayers on a dock for boats at Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul. "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on the pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop on board the rickety attraction. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH: AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-FAIRGROUND, SCENE BY JAMES EDGAR - TO GO WITH: Afghanistan-conflict-fairground, SCENE by James EDGAR