As American and Western forces are struggling to safely evacuate citizens out of the Kabul airport, the Taliban is taking an apathetic joy ride on an Afghan military Black Hawk helicopter.
Despite all the nonsense the Taliban “spokesmen” have been saying about working to get people safely to the Kabul airport, the world cannot forget they are a terrorist organization with zero intention of relinquishing any control or sparing human life.
The video is just “the latest example of how the insurgents are flaunting their newly acquired military gear and rubbing it in America’s face” reports the New York Post. Russian television network RT and the tech monitoring outlet The Drive identified the airfield as Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan.
The helicopter that once belonged to the Afghan air force is a UH-60 Black Hawk and is seen taxing at the Afghanistan airport. “The Drive noted that while the US-made chopper wasn’t seen leaving the ground, it could at least be seen as another propaganda effort by the extremists, who have seized a massive trove of US weapons worth billions after they toppled the government on Aug. 14” reports the Post.
It remains unclear exactly how many former Afghan military aircraft are under Taliban control, though Reuters last week reported that they seized about 40 fixed-wing planes and choppers.
Experts and observers have identified what appeared to be at least four Black Hawks under Taliban control, including two at the Kandahar airfield, the site of a major airbase the US turned over to the now-defunct Afghan government, The Drive reported.
Earlier this week, Taliban fighters were pictured showing off their new uniforms and gear taken from US special forces stockpiles provided to the Afghan army.
Members of the so-called Badri 313 Brigade have been featured in the ISIS-style propaganda footage clad in what appear to be US military outfits, ditching their traditional turbans for the distinctive special forces helmets with mounts for night-vision goggles.
Meanwhile, a government watchdog group said the US military is leaving behind 75,000 vehicles, 600,000 weapons and 208 aircraft in Afghanistan, according to the Daily Wire.
“We’ve made the Taliban into a major US arms dealer for the next decade,” said Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of Open the Books, a US-based nonprofit group that studies government spending, the news outlet reported.
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