Videos Show Taliban Fighters Wearing U.S. Soldiers Uniform After Withdrawal

Videos on social media show Taliban fighters wearing U.S. soldiers' uniforms inside Kabul airport, hours after the last U.S. troops departed Afghanistan, ending America's longest ever war.

The photos include Taliban fighters holding guns up while wearing American military uniform, as well as praying in the uniform and surrounding a helicopter.

A viral video appears to show Taliban fighters walking through a military aircraft hangar at Kabul Airport, inspecting Chinook helicopters, wearing U.S. military clothing and holding guns up. Chinook helicopters are among the U.S-made military equipment provided to the Afghan National Army.

Badri 313 Unit at Kabul airport.

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As the final military plane departed the international airport in Taliban-ruled Kabul just before the clock struck midnight on Monday, Taliban fighters celebrated with gunfire and chants through the night. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Taliban leaders promised to secure the country, quickly re-open the airport, and grant amnesty to former enemies.

But what was meant to be a smooth and controlled withdrawal ended up turning into a nightmare for U.S. and allied forces, who scrambled to evacuate their own citizens and Afghans they worked with out of the country in time for the withdrawal deadline on Tuesday. Hundreds of Americans and Afghans who worked with U.S. forces during the war were left behind.

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. Adding to the misery, a suicide bomber on Thursday detonated an explosive near the gates of Kabul's airport, killing 13 American service members and at least 170 Afghans.

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. The Associated Press reported on Sunday that the Taliban said a drone strike on ISIS-K fighters earlier that day also killed at least 10 civilians. The strike targeted a vehicle that American officials said was carrying ISIS-affiliated suicide bombers to attack Kabul airport. The U.S. said that it had killed two ISIS members during another drone strike on Saturday in another part of Afghanistan.

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

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.

Kabul airport changing poster to Taliban
A Taliban fighter walks near a torn down banner of late Afghan Mujahideen leader Ahmad Shah Massoud (R) and a poster of former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani (L), who fled the country during the recent Taliban military takeover of Afghanistan, at the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021. Videos on social media show Taliban fighters wearing U.S. soldiers’ uniforms inside Kabul airport, hours after the last U.S. troops departed Afghanistan, ending America’s longest ever war. WAKIL KOHSAR/Getty