“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.
“At this time, the Islamic Emirate’s air force helicopters are flying over Kandahar city and patrolling the city,” the tweet said.
Someone can be seen hanging below the chopper as it hovers in the sky in one clip. However, it is unclear how he is connected or if he is alive, and the Talib Times made no mention of it.
Some journalists insisted that it depicted someone being hanged — and then paraded through 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.
The White House has stated that it does not yet have a “complete picture” of the military items seized by the Taliban, but has admitted that it includes aircraft such as Black Hawk helicopters given to the Afghan National Security Forces.
The Talib Times also shared video of other military items that appeared to be seized at Kabul airport after US troops finally left on Monday, bringing America’s longest war to an end.
“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
A man in video wasn’t hanged from Black Hawk helicopter?
One source confirmed that the video shows a Taliban fighter trying to put a flag on a building.
“A helicopter has been spotted at the Kandahar governor’s office with one person hanging, officials have not yet commented,” the radio station wrote in Pashto, according to Google Translate.
The man waves his hands and moves his legs as he is lowered to the top of a building in the longer video. A closer examination of the video reveals that the man is strapped into a harness rather than hanging from a noose.
Alt News, an independent fact-checking organization in India, reported the man is a Taliban fighter. According to multiple Afghan news outlets with reporters on the ground, he was trying to hoist a flag on the governor’s office in Kandahar.
Bilal Sarwary, a freelance journalist in Afghanistan, tweeted Aug. 31 that the clip shows a Taliban fighter trying to install a flag on a building.
“Afghan pilot flying this is someone I have known over the years,” Sarwary wrote on Twitter. “He was trained in the US and UAE, he confirmed to me that he flew the Blackhawk helicopter. Taliban fighter seen here was trying to install Taliban flag from air but it didn’t work in the end.”