The Taliban Is Rollerblading While Armed In Viral Footage. WTF Is Going On? – By Matthew Gault (VICE) / Nov 15, 2023
The viral video has its origins on an Afghan parkour athlete’s YouTube channel.
The Taliban is skating through the streets of Kabul on rollerblades.
Footage surfaced online this week of Taliban security forces on patrol in Afghanistan’s largest city, and quickly went viral. Taliban flags hung from the shoulders of some of the forces and fluttered in the breeze as the soldiers rollerbladed while holding onto a military vehicle and carrying AK-style rifles. Two years after U.S. withdrawal, the video is a striking reminder of the Taliban’s victory and America’s failure.
The two-minute long viral video on Twitter appears to be a cutdown of a 22-minute long video uploaded to YouTube on November 11. “The first part of the military performance of figure skating in the streets of Kabul,” uploader Yadullah Marvi said in the video’s description. “In this video, the movements 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!” According to his YouTube page, Marvi is a “parkour athlete” in Afghanistan.