Video of Taliban Member Hanging From Black Hawk Helicopter Viewed 2M Times

A video that appears to be a Taliban member dangling from an American-supplied Black Hawk helicopter during a "patrol" of Kandahar city has been viewed more than two million times.

Footage shared by the Talib Times on Sunday, a Twitter account purporting to be an official news source for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, shows a man hanging from what is believed to be a UH-60 Black Hawk chopper.

"Our Air Force! At this time, the Islamic Emirate's air force helicopters are flying over Kandahar city and patrolling the city," the caption read.

The video, which has not been independently-verified, has been shared by multiple other social media users.

The footage was shared only a day before the final U.S. troops were expected to leave Afghanistan.

On Monday, the two-decade U.S.-led war officially came to an end, as the final military plane departed the international airport in Taliban-ruled Kabul, amid a chaotic airlift to transport out of the country Americans and allied Afghans that collaborated with them during the war.

When he first announced the Afghan withdrawal in April, U.S. President Joe Biden promised American troops would leave the country by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the Al-Qaeda-planned attack on the Twin Towers in New York City.

That attack was the main reason for the U.S. sent forces into Afghanistan in 2001, and they subsequently ousted the Taliban, allies with the Al-Qaeda militant group.

The Western military departure from Afghanistan has not gone according to plan.

As the U.S. and allied forces departed the country, the Taliban quickly swept into power, capturing almost all of the key strategic provinces in a matter of weeks.

I swear I don't know what's going on here. 😵 pic.twitter.com/AYWFx6iVtX

— FJ (@Natsecjeff) August 30, 2021

As the U.S. and its allies scrambled to evacuate citizens and Afghans who worked with them in time for the August 31 deadline, a suicide bomber on Thursday detonated an explosive near the gates of Kabul's airport, killing 13 American service members and scores of Afghans trying to flee the country from the Taliban.

The attack was claimed by ISIS-K, an Afghanistan-based affiliate of the Islamic State. The United States then responded with a series of drone attacks on ISIS-K targets.

When the Taliban took back power, they seized hundreds of weapons and artillery pieces supplied to the Afghan army by America, including Black Hawks and Humvees, all-terrain military vehicles.

Social media photos and videos show the militants parading the military equipment around from as early as mid-August. On Monday, as many as five rockets were fired at the airport but were intercepted by a missile defense system, a U.S. official told Reuters.

The U.S. government provided the Afghan National army with thousands of weapons and pieces of military equipment over the years of the conflict. A U.S. government accountability report said that between 2003 and 2016, America gave a huge amount of military hardware on the Afghan forces it fought alongside, including 358,530 rifles of different makes, more than 64,000 machine guns, 25,327 grenade launchers and 22,174 Humvees.

At the end of June, the Afghan Air Force previously operated 167 aircraft, including attack helicopters and planes, a report by US-based Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar) said.

The report added that at least 3,012 Humvees were provided to the Afghan National Army between December 2017 and June 2021.

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Taliban fighters and local residents sit over an Afghan National Army (ANA) humvee vehicle along the roadside in Laghman province on August 15, 2021. A video that appears to be a Taliban member dangling from an American supplied helicopter during a “patrol” of Kandahar city has been viewed more than 2 million times Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images