Viral Video of Man Hanging From Taliban Helicopter Wasn’t What It Appeared To Be
Around the same time that the last U.S. soldier was leaving Afghanistan on Monday evening, a video showing a man dangling from a Blackhawk helicopter began to go viral on Twitter.
The original post claimed that the video showed a man being executed by the Taliban in the skies above Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Thankfully, that does not seem to be true. Other videos of the same Blackhawk—and a close examination of the first video—show that the man is attached to the helicopter with a harness rather than a noose. At one point, he seems to wave to someone inside the helicopter. While it’s not clear exactly what is happening in the video, it seems safe to say that no one is being horrifically executed.
A viral video claiming to show a man being brutally hanged from a helicopter in Kandahar was likely an attempt to fix a flag over a public building, not a hanging. A separate video of the incident shows the man is clearly alive and waving in the air. pic.twitter.com/x6T5iDhpc9
— Shayan Sardarizadeh (@Shayan86) August 31, 2021
The initial video certainly seemed to confirm the worst fears about how the Taliban might use the piles of military gear it acquired as U.S. forces withdrew from the country. Without waiting for confirmation of what the video showed—and without applying the basic level of skepticism one should always deploy with content shared on the internet—war hawks jumped at the opportunity to score some easy points.
“This horrifying image encapsulates Joe Biden’s Afghanistan catastrophe,” wrote Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) as he retweeted the video to his 4.5 million followers.
This horrifying image encapsulates Joe Biden’s Afghanistan catastrophe: The Taliban hanging a man from an American Blackhawk helicopter.
Tragic. Unimaginable. https://t.co/z
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