Taliban releases photo mocking famous image of Marines at Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima Memorial
The monument in D.C. honoring the Marines who planted the U.S. flag following the battle of Iwo Jima. Photo credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A photo of members from the Taliban’s elite commando unit recreating the famous image from World War II showing U.S. Marines raising the American flag after their victory at Iwo Jima.

The 20-year war has come to a dramatic end over the past few weeks following President Joe Biden’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. However, the Taliban quickly overthrew the government installed by the U.S., taking over most of the country.

The special unit, Badri 313 Battalion, has become the Taliban’s best fighting force, The New York Post reported. The group gets its name from the seventh-century Battle of Badr.

In the photo, the group can be seen wearing what appears to be U.S. military gear, most likely taken from what was left behind while evacuating.

Many have taken to social media responding to the photo-sharing their opinions on the entirety of the situation.

Other propaganda photos and videos from the Taliban have surfaced showing them walking the streets of Kabul in their new gear.

The U.S. spent close to $28 billion on weapons from 2002 to 2017, including seven brand new helicopters delivered to Kabul just a month ago. It is estimated that the U.S. left 600,000 assault rifles, 2,000 armored vehicles, and 40 aircraft, including Black Hawk helicopters.

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