The Taliban just crossed a major line, and many current and former members of the U.S. military are absolutely infuriated, rightfully so.
Remember the iconic World War Two photo of U.S. troops raising the American flag at Iwo Jima? According to Breitbart, the Taliban released a photo mocking that moment, fully dressed in American military gear that they previously captured as they reclaimed control of the entire country.
According to the Daily Mail, the Taliban’s Badri 313 Battalion, one of their elite military units, “released a collection of propaganda footage this past week.” The photo that mocked the iconic World War Two moment was part of the collection.
The photo shows members of the Badri 313 Battalion raising the Taliban flag just as U.S. Marines hoisted the American flag in February 1945 in the famous photo from Iwo Jima. It is the same photo that was the basis for the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
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
Adding to the mockery
What makes the Taliban’s latest photo even more infuriating for many is the fact that the members of the Badri 313 Battalion are wearing cutting-edge American military gear — of which they seem quite proud.
Also, it’s not the only photo that the Taliban has released showing its members donning U.S. military clothing and carrying U.S. weaponry. Several photos, including the one below, have made the rounds on social media, adding to the humiliating debacle that has unfolded under President Joe Biden’s watch.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) August 21, 2021
Taliban strike it rich
The Taliban, in the process of capturing Afghanistan, has managed to acquire billions of dollars worth of U.S. weaponry and equipment.
Fox News reports that between 2002 and 2017, the U.S. gave about $28 billion worth of weaponry to Afghanistan. The outlet added that a U.S. official recently said, “everything that hasn’t been destroyed is the Taliban’s now.”
Breitbart noted that the weaponry given to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2019 includes, “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.”
There are also new reports indicating that the Taliban is trying to get its hands on roughly $20 billion in U.S. cash that is currently being held in Afghanistan’s banks, though Reuters noted that precautions are being taken by several world entities to prevent the Taliban from capturing a majority of those funds.