Taliban* militants have claimed they shot down a US B-52 heavy bomber, Syrian news site Muraselon reports.

The incident purportedly took place when the aircraft was departing from the Shawrab Airbase in southern Afghanistan in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“Mujaheddin (a militia fighter) of the Islamic Emirate targeted a US B-52 bomber with heavy weapons today early morning in Lar area in the Washir district of Helmand Province,” a spokesman for the Taliban was quoted as saying.

The B-52 is said to have crashed after the strike, killing all of its crew. Both Afghan and US authorities are yet to comment on the matter.

On 8 April, three US service members were killed in a car bomb attack on a convoy near the Bagram Air Force Base in north-eastern Afghanistan. The terror group claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The Taliban emerged in 1994 at the height of a civil war in Afghanistan. The group held power in most of the country between 1996 and 2001; during this period, it introduced Islamic Sharia law.

The Taliban was ousted from power by a US-led coalition in 2001 and has since then been waging a guerrilla war against the Kabul-based government, and NATO forces in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan.

Russia’s envoy to Afghanistan said in February that the militants control at least 50 per cent of Afghanistan’s territory and their ranks include from 3,500 to 10,000 Daesh* fighters, who regularly carry out terror attacks across the country.

 

Source: Sputnik

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prince teutonic

If true this is a heavy blow for US military!

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If it wasn’t bullshït, which it is, not even : there are 75 B-52H still around and well, 3 F-15E can carry as much payload at this totally outdated bomb-truck.
If B-52s are still around, it’s because Reagan and Carter were morons since… Now there’d be a fleet of about 150 B-2 renamed as B-3, B-1 wouldn’t had been resumed but replaced by the 747 CMCA which would have ended being called B-2 :
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Any way, it didn’t happened : a drone had a mechanical failure and crashed. As schizo Muhammad had his night-journey dream on the back of the Buraq, his flying donkey, Talibans take their dreams for reality… The only thing that had an airfield in the Helmand province was the now abandoned Camp Shorabak FKA Camp Bastion and the airfield could operate C-130, Harrier, Sentinel R1 (Bombardier Global Express business jet modded into AWACS), MV-22, Thales Watchkeeper drone, etc. The typical 1,200m small airstrip was a hard one, so A-10, Rafale, F/A-18, Gripen or Flanker could have been used but weren’t…… Read more »

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Ken Underwood

Correct!

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B – 5 2 🛩 👍 💩 💩 💩 💩 🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀 Have a Nice 😀 Day !

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Prove it, show us photos/videos or it didn’t happen.

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Except there is no airbase in Shawrab, the only ones that eventually could receive B-52 are Kandahar and Bagram (40km north Kabul) since you need a 3,600m (or more) runway. Moreover, B-52s are deployed in Diego Garcia or al-Udeid (Qatar) and are really really unlikely to ever use Kandahar or Bagram since there are no maintenance facilities… A crash due to mechanical failure in the region is plausible, B-52s are about 60 years old, a shoot-down with at best ManPADS or AA-gun while taking off an alleged base in a village that even hasn’t a Lily-Pad with the habitual 1,200m… Read more »