29 Apr '14, 5pm

Taliban claims it shot down US warplane in eastern Afghanistan

The Afghan Taliban claimed that its forces hit an US Air Force AC-130 gunship with anti-aircraft fire and forced it to land in the easter province of Logar. The Taliban released a video purporting to show its forces hitting what appears to be a US Air Force C-130 aircraft. The AC-130 is a heavily armed ground attack variant of the C-130 airframe. The video "was posted on the Facebook page of Bot Shikan on April 27, 2014, and was promoted on the Twitter account of an Afghan Taliban website representative on April 29," according to the SITE Intelligence Group. The video also bears the logo of El Emara [The Emirate], the media arm of the Afghan Taliban. The video shows a group of Taliban fighters firing anti-aircraft machine guns mounted on the back of pickup trucks. The video then shows tracer rounds fired at what appears to be a C-130. Several rounds appear to hit the aircr...

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