Horrifying Footage Appears to Show Helicopter Flown by Taliban

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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated. A previously published version of this article speculated whether the person flying below a helicopter was a suspended corpse of a hanged person. Following a fact check by Lead Stories, the video footage does NOT show a suspended corpse of a hanged person. The person is alive and video footage shows his hands raised. Afghanistan experts say the man was attempting to fix a flag over a public building.

As heinous as this behavior is, at least we now have some knowledge about how irresponsibly the Taliban will be using the US grade equipment. I highly doubt they’ll be able to maintain the equipment for very long.

You can’t force people to have a Western style democracy when they don’t want one.

Someone is clearly seen hanging below the chopper as it hovers in the sky. Initially, it was unclear exactly how he is attached or if he is alive, NY Post notes.

According to the BBC, the video does not show a man hanged from the helicopter.

Upon closer examination, the person hanging below the helicopter is alive with their hands raised. The Black Hawk is equipped with rescue hoists.

“Several Afghanistan experts, quoting Taliban sources, have told the BBC that the flight yesterday was an attempt to fix a flag over a public building using their newly-captured US-built equipment,” the report says.

Watch the clip:

From the NY Post:

“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.

In one clip, someone is clearly seen hanging below the chopper as it hovers in the sky. However, it is not immediately clear exactly how he is attached or if he is alive, and the Talib Times made no mention of it.

Some journalists insisted that it showed someone who had been hanged — and then paraded in 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.

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