FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Taliban Militants Wearing US Soldiers’ Uniforms?
An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows members of the Taliban wearing U.S. military uniforms.
The people in the photo were actually Afghan military personnel.
The Taliban has taken control of military equipment provided by the U.S. to the Afghan armed forces during the group’s recent fighting to conquer Afghanistan, according to NPR. Some of the stolen vehicles and weapons appeared in photos and footage online, the outlet reported.
An Aug. 20 image on Facebook claims to show “The Taliban playing dress up in American soldier uniforms.” (RELATED: No, Inflatable Decoy Planes Were Not At The Kabul Airport)
The people in the photo, however, are not part of the Taliban. The Associated Press included that photo in a gallery at the top of an August 4 article bearing the headline: “Airstrikes pummel Taliban positions in southern Afghanistan.” The photo’s caption reads, “Afghan Special forces patrol a deserted street during fighting with Taliban fighters, in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021.”
Taliban members have previously been documented wearing U.S. military uniforms. A video shared on Twitter shows some Taliban militants wearing what appear to be U.S. military uniforms and using guns previously given to Afghanistan’s army by U.S. special forces, Business Insider reported.
Another photo circulated online allegedly showing Taliban fighters from its Badri 313 Battalion seemingly resembling the famous Associated Press photo of U.S. soldiers raising the American flag over Iwo Jima during World War II, Fox News reported. The Taliban held its own flag while wearing what appears to be U.S. military gear, according to the outlet.