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The man-made crisis in Kabul continues to generate new lows for the American people.
After Taliban forces in Kabul seized over $25 billion in American equipment and artillery — left over from twenty years of U.S.-backed defenses in Afghanistan — the terrorist group has turned to using U.S. military uniforms to launch covert battalions and document objectionable anti-America propaganda.
On Saturday, a photo of the Taliban forces was released, showing one of the costumed battalions — Badri 313 — recreating, and deliberately mocking, a landmark moment in U.S. history.
Seen mimicking the 1945 Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, the Taliban forces have been using the photograph as propaganda for its troops; attempting to equate the incompetency of President Joe Biden and the U.S. State Department to the heroic forces that overcame the perils of World War II.
Or simply making a mockery of America knowing that the administration will remain mum on the Taliban’s siege of Kabul.
Threats from the Taliban forces in possession of the new gear have increased concerns among U.S. officials. The terrorist group inherited a passel of U.S. guns, spying equipment, armored vehicles, air support, and billions more in gear.
According to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Taliban forces have beaten several Americans attempting to enter Hamid Karzai International Airport for evacuation. President Biden stated the opposite, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos.
Intelligence forces remain uncertain over threat levels posed by the newly armed terrorist forces, along with no available estimate on the number of Americans currently stuck in a hostage situation in Kabul — over a week since the siege.
United States National Archives: On February 23, 1945, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raised a flag atop Mount Suribachi. It was taken down, and a second flag was raised. Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured this second flag-raising. Now part of U.S. Navy records, it is one of the most famous war photographs in U.S. history.
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