Taliban image reportedly mocks iconic photo of US flag raising in Iwo Jima
The Taliban media wing reportedly posted an image mocking the famous photo of US soldiers waving the US flag on Iwo Jima.
According to the Marine Corps Times, the fighters represented by the Taliban are members of the Badri 313 elite commando unit.
The origins of the image could not be immediately verified.
The soldiers pictured waving the white Taliban flag atop a hill were apparently armed with advanced tactical equipment and night vision goggles.
Washington is still trying to assess the extent of US weapons and technology that fell into the hands of the Taliban after the fall of Afghanistan, although it is considered considerable.
The Islamist group has reportedly acquired hundreds of thousands of assault rifles, thousands of armored vehicles, dozens of planes, tanks, artillery, sniper rifles, night vision goggles and more.
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In a propaganda photo, members of Badri Battalion 313 are seen hoisting a Taliban flag in the same manner as the six U.S. Marines who hoisted the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. pic.twitter.com/QadSC95zhm
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In videos circulating on social media, heavily armed commandos are seen patrolling the streets of Kabul with the usual distinctive Taliban dresses replaced by military uniforms.
The iconic original image by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal shows six American soldiers hoisting the American flag at Iwo Jima in 1945.
More than 6,500 U.S. servicemen died in the Battle of Iwo Jima, a small island 660 miles south of Tokyo that was deemed vital to the U.S. war effort because Japanese fighter jets based there intercepted American bombers. The invasion began on February 19, 1945, with approximately 70,000 Marines fighting 18,000 Japanese troops for 36 days.