Late last week, video footage surfaced showing what appeared to be a group of Taliban militants taxiing a US-made UH-60 Black Hawk once operated by American forces. The now-viral video is just one of several social media snaps in which Taliban forces are reportedly reclaiming US military equipment.
As the US-led coalition wrapped up its final evacuations from Afghanistan on Monday, yet another Taliban-linked Black Hawk video began making the rounds online, furthering some individuals’ frustrations with US President Joe Biden’s expedited withdrawal of American troops.
Several aspects of the video and its accompanying narrative were picked apart, with most netizens wondering how a Taliban militant would be able to operate a notoriously difficult chopper like the UH-60 without proper training.
A second, much more questionable Black Hawk clip caused a commotion online after podcaster Liz Wheeler claimed it looked like the Taliban was “hanging somebody” from the UH-60.
Of course, one can visibly see the individual is donning a helmet while strapped in the chopper’s rope system.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who is also a supply corps officer with the US Navy Reserves, recently reprimanded the Biden administration’s apparent carelessness with costly US-made equipment left behind amid the recent evacuations.
“The Taliban now has access to over $85 billion worth of American military equipment. That includes 75,000 vehicles, over 200 airplanes…