Taliban show off US-made Afghan army helicopters captured at Kandahar airport

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Taliban show off US-made Afghan army helicopters captured at Kandahar airport
Militants are not known to have pilots or technical personnel needed to fly aircraft; Russian choppers also seen in footage; not clear if any of the helicopters are airworthy
By AFP
15 August 2021

KABUL — The Taliban have released footage showing captured US-made Afghan military helicopters at Kandahar airport, until recently one of the most important US bases in the country. The insurgents have been quick to show off their war spoils in the southern city — their spiritual birthplace and now one of the biggest prizes in a countrywide blitz that has left the capital Kabul surrounded by Taliban fighters.

The fall of Kandahar — Afghanistan’s second-biggest city — on Friday meant the insurgents once again had full control of their ethnic Pashtun heartland. In footage posted on Taliban social media accounts Saturday, an insurgent is seen walking around a US-made Black Hawk military helicopter, which is in brown-green camouflage with Afghan Air Force markings, purportedly at a Kandahar airport hangar. He then walks out and another Black Hawk is seen in the distance on the tarmac.

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