The DailyMail reports “a video shared online appears to show Taliban forces flying a $6million US Black Hawk helicopter over Kandahar to patrol the city.”
Per the report:
The footage was shared on Twitter by an account called Talib Times which claims to be the official news source for the Islamic Emirate Afghanistan.
The unverified footage shows a man hanging from a helicopter as it flies over Kandahar ahead of the US’s exit from Afghanistan.
It is feared the Taliban could have access to up to 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft the US donated to the Afghan army.
The claim: A video shows the Taliban hanging someone from a helicopter
In a video and screenshots seen by millions of people in just over a day, a helicopter is seen trailing a rope with a blurry figure attached.
The full 12-second clip shows a helicopter in Afghanistan hovering over buildings. Then, the video zooms in to show what appears to be a person hanging from the helicopter by a rope.
“Taliban hanging someone from a helicopter in Kandahar,” Old Holborn, a “comedian” and “stoic libertarian legend,” tweeted Aug. 30.
The clip, originally tweeted by a counterterrorism expert who said he wasn’t sure what it depicted, racked up more than 2.6 million views in just over a one day. From there, the claim that the Taliban used a U.S.-supplied helicopter to hang someone spread across social media.
Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, both Republicans from Texas, shared Old Holborn’s clip on Twitter. Several news outlets, including the New York Post and India Today, wrote about the video, taking the hanging description at face value. Conservative commentators like Pamela Geller and Wayne Dupree shared the claim to their hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook.
But that never happened.
However, the video does not show a public execution – another angle of the incident shows the man is alive. Several media and fact-checking organizations have reported the clip shows a Taliban fighter trying to hoist a flag on a building in the city of Kandahar.
USA TODAY reached out to Old Holborn and other social media users who shared the clip for comment.
Person in video wasn’t hanged
The video does not show the Taliban executing someone with a U.S.-supplied helicopter. It shows a Taliban fighter trying to put a flag on a building.
“A helicopter has been spotted at the Kandahar governor’s office with one person hanging, officials have not yet commented,” the radio station wrote in Pashto, according to Google Translate.