Shocking footage appears to show the Taliban flying seized US Black Hawk helicopters over Afghanistan — including with someone hanging below one from a rope.
“Our Air Force!” Talib Times — which claims to be the English-language official account of the Taliban-run Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan — gloated on Monday.
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Our Air Force!— Talib Times (@TalibTimes) August 30, 2021
At this time, the Islamic Emirate's air force helicopters are flying over Kandahar city and patrolling the city. pic.twitter.com/rlE6nUldZf
The tweet stated that “At the moment, the Islamic Emirate’s air force helicopters fly over Kandahar and patrol the city.”
One clip shows a person clearly hanging from the chopper while it hovers above the sky. It is unclear how or if he’s alive. The Talib Times did not mention it.
Some journalists claimed that the image showed someone who was hanged and paraded in public.
“Another landmark picture taking the world in a new era of terror,” tweeted Indian TV host Sudhir Chaudhary, the editor-in-chief of Zee News and WION.
“Taliban hang a person, presumed to be an American interpreter, from a U.S. Blackhawk helicopter. The leftover US helicopters will now be used in #Afganistan like this,” Chaudhary predicted.
Conservative podcaster Liz Wheeler said she “could vomit” if it is “what it looks like … the Taliban hanging somebody from an American Blackhawk.”
She tweeted, “Joe Biden is responsible.”
Talib Times also shared another clip, claiming it was the “first flight black hawk,” after an earlier video of Islamic militants trying to fly in one of the US choppers they seized.
Although the White House claims it doesn’t have a complete picture of all the military equipment that the Taliban have seized from the US, it has admitted it includes Black Hawks and other aircraft that were given to Afghan National Security Forces.
The Talib Times shared footage of other military equipment seized at Kabul Airport after US troops left Monday. This marked the end to America’s longest war.
“Taliban have seized more Planes, Helicopters, Weapons and American equipment in Kabul Airport,” the Twitter page said alongside the images.However, the US “demilitarized” at least 73 aircraft to make them useless as they left them behind, Central Command head Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told Agence France-Presse.
“Those aircraft will never fly again … They’ll never be able to be operated by anyone,” he said.