This week, a Taliban unit released images mocking the U.S., including a picture making fun of the iconic World War Two photo of U.S. Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima.
In the photo, the Taliban members are shown raising their own flag while donning what looks like U.S. military gear.
Taliban soldiers MOCK iconic World War II image of American Marines raising flag on Iwo Jima as soldiers don US military gear in propaganda footage
— Beatrice Cardenas (@RealBetyCardens) August 21, 2021
Taliban Mocks U.S.
On Sunday, the Daily Mail reported, “The Taliban’s Badri 313 Battalion released a collection of propaganda footage this past week.”
“Among the collection was the recreation of the famed 1945 World War II picture of soldiers raising the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima,” the Mail noted, including a propaganda photo of Taliban soldiers raising the Taliban flag similar to the well known World War Two image.
In another propaganda photo, Taliban fighters are shown eating ice cream, mocking U.S. President Joe Biden’s affinity for the dessert.
— Abdulhaq Omeri (@AbdulhaqOmeri) August 17, 2021
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Taliban Seizes American Weapons
According to Fox News, the Taliban fighters in theses memes are “carrying U.S. and U.S. ally-made weapons.”
“The Badri 313 special unit differs from typical Taliban fighters as they are made to look more like U.S. soldiers, with camouflage, combat boots, and body armor,” Fox News reported. “They also carry M4 carbines and drive armored Humvees, the Sinclair Broadcasting Group reported.”
“The U.S. gave Afghan forces an estimated $28 billion in weaponry between 2002 and 2017” the news outlet continued. “But now, ‘everything that hasn’t been destroyed is the Taliban’s now,’ a U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters.”
US Weapons given to the Taliban
Fixed it for ya* pic.twitter.com/dgGbisFerw
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According to The Hill, from 2003-2019, the U.S. sent the following to Afghanistan: 75,898 vehicles 599,690 weapons, 162,643 pieces of communications equipment, 208 aircraft, 6,191 pieces of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment, 7,035 machine guns, 4,702 Humvees, 20,040 hand grenades, 2,520 bombs, 1,394 grenade launchers.
On Saturday, Afghanistan’s U.S. embassy warned Americans to “avoid” the Kabul airport because of “security threats outside the gates.” The Taliban are reportedly physically harming Americans.
“Because of potential security threats outside the gates at the Kabul airport,” the embassy stated, “we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so.”
It remains to be seen how much further the situation in Afghanistan will spiral out of control.
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