New Delhi: A body is allegedly swinging from a US military helicopter flying over Kandahar in Afghanistan in a chilling video shared by some journalists on Tuesday.
The tweets surfaced hours after the USA made an awkward exit from Afghanistan around midnight, with its last troops flying in military planes.
In a Twitter bio, ‘Taliban Times’, described as the “official English language account of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” claimed that the helicopter was “Patrolling the city,” once apparently hanging on to the ropes of the US Black Hawk without mentioning the body.
“Our Air Force! At this time, Islamic Emirates Air Force helicopters are flying over the city of Kandahar and patrolling the city,” the tweet said.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz shared a source on the video, saying it summarized President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan botch-up.
Many wondered whether it was a dummy rather than a body or someone who had been lowered to safety.
A freelance writer, James Melville, wrote that the Taliban were using newly acquired American equipment and weapons to cause a disastrous US exit. He didn’t even mention the body.
The Taliban, known for its brutality, atrocities, killings, and oppressive sanctions on women, is claiming that it was not like 20 years ago. But his critics and others are skeptical, as videos of beatings and bullying have surfaced in Afghanistan since the fall of Kabul.
The United States says its military shut down several aircraft and armored vehicles, as well as a high-tech rocket defense system, before leaving Kabul airport just before midnight on Monday.
Central Command Chief General Kenneth McKenzie was quoted by AFP as saying that 73 planes had been “demilitarized” or decommissioned by US troops before completing a two-week evacuation.
“Those planes will never fly again… they will never be operated by anyone,” he said.
“Initially, most of them are non-mission capable, but they will never be flown again.”
The Pentagon says its troops left behind about 70 MRAP-armed tactical vehicles which could cost up to $ 1 million that they became inactive before leaving, and 27 Humvees.