A video of the Taliban flying a US helicopter, from which a body was seen hanging, has surfaced on social media. ‘Talib Times’, a profile in Twitter that claims to be the ‘English language official account of Islamic Emirate Afghanistan’ shared the video on Monday and said that their air force was patrolling the city of Kandahar.
The video was posted hours after the last U.S. military transport aircraft lifted out of Afghanistan, leaving behind up to 200 Americans and several hundreds of desperate Afghans.
“Our Air Force! At this time, the Islamic Emirate’s air force helicopters are flying over Kandahar city and patrolling the city,” said the tweet.
The tweet made no mention of the dangling body. However, it was unclear as to whether it was a body, a dummy, or if someone was being lowered to safety.
Meanwhile, Republican senator Ted Cruz, shared the video and said it summed up President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan botch-up.
The US military said it disabled a number of aircraft and high-tech rocket defense system to prevent the Taliban from using them.
“Most of them are non-mission capable to begin with. But certainly they’ll never be able to be flown again,” news agency AFP quoted Central Command Head General Kenneth McKenzie as saying.
The Taliban reportedly controls over 2000 armored vehicles, which include US Humvees, and up to 40 aircraft potentially including UH-60 Black Hawks, scout attack helicopters, and ScanEagle military drones.
The US has provided Blackhawk helicopters, which incidentally was the one seen in the video shared by Talib Times.
Since 2003 the United States has provided Afghan forces with at least 600,000 infantry weapons including M16 assault rifles, 162,000 pieces of communication equipment, and 16,000 night-vision goggle devices.
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