A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman posted a video of Taliban fighters playing on swings tied under the wing of a plane in Afghanistan.
“The graves of empires and their war machines. The Taliban turn their planes into swings and toys,” Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, wrote on September 9. On its Twitter page, the video shows Taliban gunmen playing on swings tied under the wings of an airplane.
It is not clear when and where the video was shot. The plane on which the Taliban fighters swing was left idle for a long time, lost many parts and had many rust stains on the fuselage. This aircraft seems to be manufactured by the US and transferred to the Afghan army during the war in this country.
The Taliban took control of most of Afghanistan in mid-August after a blitzkrieg and met with little resistance from former government troops. The Taliban captured a large amount of US and Western-made military equipment worth billions of dollars.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an agency of the US government, said that the Afghan Air Force possesses 23 A-29 attack aircraft, four C-130 transport aircraft and 33 militarized Cessna Caravans.
This force also has about 150 helicopters, including UH-60 of the US and Mi-17 of Russia. When the Taliban entered the capital, Kabul, several Afghan army pilots flew to Uzbekistan to seek asylum.
The Taliban recently held a parade in Kandahar, where the group was founded, showing off its spoils of weapons, military vehicles and even helicopters. The Taliban is said to own up to 2,000 armored vehicles of all kinds.
Nguyen Tien (Follow RT)