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 Afghanistan — gloated on Monday.
“At this time, the Islamic Emirate’s air force helicopters are flying over Kandahar city and patrolling the city,” the tweet said.
In one clip, someone is clearly seen hanging below the chopper as it lowers in the sky. However, it is not immediately clear exactly how he is attached or if he is alive, and the Talib Times made no mention of it.
Some journalists insisted that it showed someone who had been hanged — and then paraded in the skies.
“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.”
“Joe Biden is responsible,” she tweeted.
Talib Times also shared another clip that it bragged was the “first flight of black hawk,” after the Islamic militant group were earlier filmed making doomed attempts to take flight in one of the US choppers seized when they took power.
The White House has said it does not yet have a “complete picture” of the military items the Taliban has seized, but has conceded it includes aircraft like Black Hawks that were given to the Afghan National Security Forces.
The Talib Times also shared footage of other military items seemingly seized at Kabul airport after US troops finally left Monday, ending 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 General Kenneth McKenzie told Agence France-Presse.
“Those aircraft will never fly again… They’ll never be able to be operated by anyone,” he said.