Taliban Air: Terrorists ‘joyly fly captive $6 million US Black Hawk helicopter over Kandahar’
- A video shared online appears to show a Black Hawk flying over the city of Kandahar. flies
- Twitter page claims to be an official news source for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
- The caption reads ‘Our Air Force’ and describes how they conduct patrols in the city
A video shared online appears to show Taliban forces flying a $6 million US Black Hawk helicopter over Kandahar to patrol the city.
The images were shared on Twitter by an account called Talib Times, which claims to be the official news source for the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan.
The unverified footage shows a man hanging from a helicopter as it flies over Kandahar before the US exit from Afghanistan.
It is feared that the Taliban could have access to 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of planes that the US has donated to the Afghan military.
A video shared online by an account claiming to be the official Taliban source appears to show Taliban forces flying a $6 million US Black Hawk helicopter over Kandahar to patrol the city
It comes days after footage emerged of the Taliban testing a captured Black Hawk helicopter by taxiing it around an airport.
The group also released propaganda images of ‘special forces’ wearing bulletproof vests with night vision goggles.
In the last post, the caption reads: ‘Our Air Force! At the moment the air force helicopters of the Islamic emirate are flying over the city of Kandahar and patrolling the city.’
A second clip shared an hour later shows a Black Hawk helicopter circling above us with the caption “First flight of the Black Hawk.”
Earlier this month, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitted that the US has no “clear picture” of how much missing $83 billion in military inventory could now be in enemy hands.
But multiple outlets estimate the figure includes 22,000 Humvees given to Afghan troops between 2003 and 2016.
Since then, Taliban fighters have been depicted riding on top of the vehicles in Kabul.
Equipment given to the Afghan military by the US and now believed to be in the hands of the Taliban also includes 50,000 tactical vehicles, 1,000 mine-resistant vehicles and 150 armored personnel carriers.
Seven Black Hawk helicopters arrived in Afghanistan just last month
The Taliban have released propaganda images of ‘special forces’ soldiers with night vision goggles
Aircraft likely departed for use by the Taliban include more than 160 aircraft and helicopters, including four C-130 transport aircraft, 23 A-29 Super Tucano turboprop attack aircraft, 45 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and 50 MD530 helicopters .
It was initially unclear whether anyone in the Taliban ranks was qualified to fly the plane after a video emerged of soldiers taking a flightless joyride in the Black Hawk.
The US also donated at least 200,000 firearms to the Afghan military, including M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
Between 2003 and 2016, the US bought Afghan security forces 42,000 “light tactical vehicles” – such as Ford Ranger pickups and trucks – 9,000 “medium tactical vehicles” and more than 22,000 Humvees.
Afghan military officials are said to have left the country in about 40 different US-supplied aircraft in the days leading up to the fall of the Taliban.
The Afghan military also received 18 intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, such as the PC-12, a cargo plane made by the Swiss company Pilatus.