Taliban Mock US By Copying Famous WWII Photo Showing Troops Raising Flag At Iwo Jima | World news
The Taliban now appear to be making fun of the United States by “recreating” what appears to be the famous WWII photo of US Marines hoisting the flag on Iwo Jima Island. The die-hard Islamist group, which has now taken control of the state apparatus in Afghanistan, wasted no time following the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from the country, quickly assimilating the panoply of weapons of American manufacture in its own ranks.
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In a new propaganda campaign, the Taliban are trying to tighten their control in Afghanistan by releasing a series of footage showing insurgents inspecting long lines of vehicles and opening crates of new guns, communications equipment and even military drones . The group also posted propaganda videos of their fighters carrying stolen US-made military gear, including assault rifles and a sophisticated tactical radio. The video, with a musical soundtrack, was shown on propaganda channels affiliated with the Taliban and said they had deployed soldiers from the “Badri 313 Brigade” to guard locations in Kabul.
This Badri Battalion 313, a little-known elite unit in the Taliban ranks, is said to have now “recreated” one of the most important and recognizable images of WWII – Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.
As can be seen in the photos, the Badri 313 unit has its fighters dressed in US made tactical gear, complete with night vision goggles, camouflage, and combat gear, to simulate the iconic photograph of the Second World War. Badri Unit 313 is said to be named after the Battle of Badr 1,400 years ago, when the Prophet Muhammad defeated the enemy with only 313 men.
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The original photograph of Iwo Jima was clicked by Joe Rosenthal of The Associated Press on February 23, 1945. It shows six US Marines hoisting the US flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in the final stages of the pacific war. It was the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography the same year it was published and was then used for the construction of the Marine Corps War Memorial in 1954, which was dedicated to honoring all Marines who have died in service since 1775.