On July 16, the Taliban claimed that it had destroyed a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Kunduz Airport in northeastern Afghanistan.
Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the group, said on Twitter that the helicopter was destroyed as a result of a “tactical attack”. The spokesman went on to claim that the AAF was “bombing civilians” with the unarmed tactical transport helicopter.
Photos released by Mujahid showed smoke rising from an unidentified object, supposedly a Black Hawk helicopter, at Kunduz Airport. The photos were clearly taken by a drone.
مهم: نن سهار د کندز ولایت په هوایي ډګر کې د دښمن یوه بلیک هاک هلیکوپتر چې د ملکي خلکو په ضد یې په بمبارونو کې کار ترې اخیست، د تکتیکي برید په نتیجه کې له منځه یوړل شو.
داپه داسي حال کې ده، چې څو ورځې وړاندې۲ نورې هلیکوپترې هم په ورته برید کې له منځه وړل شوې وې. pic.twitter.com/0KoVrnGqwv
— Zabihullah (..ذبـــــیح الله م ) (@Zabehulah_M33) July 16, 2021
This was the second “tactical attack” that targeted Kunduz Airport this month. The first attack took place on July 11. The Taliban claimed that two Black Hawk helicopters of the AAF were destroyed and shared aerial footage. Back then, some Afghan sources claimed that the airport was targeted with armed drones.
وړمه ورځ چې د کندز په هوایي ډګر کې د دښمن بلیک هاک هلیکوپترې په تکتیکي برید کې له منځه یوړل شوې او بیا دښمن انکار ترې وکړ، دلته یې لنډه ویډیو کتلای شئ. pic.twitter.com/zxz4gFfDjA
— Zabihullah (..ذبـــــیح الله م ) (@Zabehulah_M33) July 12, 2021
Around 16 UH-60A helicopters are currently in service with the AAF. Earlier this month, Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib revealed the AAF would soon get seven more Black Hawk helicopters from the U.S.
The Taliban has been working to deplete the AAF by targeting its bases, equipment and pilots for a while now. Recently, the AAF inflicted serious human and material losses on the group, slowing down its advance on several frontlines across Afghanistan.
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