The man hanging from the helicopter was a Taliban member attempting to hoist a flag over a building inKandhar.
The BBC reported the incident and clarified that the man waving the Taliban flag and wearing a diver's winch from a Blackhawk helicopter is still alive. Several Afghanistan experts, quoting Taliban sources, told the BBC that the flight on August 30 was in an attempt to fix a flag over a public building using their newly-captured U.S.-built equipment.
Local Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary tweeted that he knew the Afghan pilot who flew the helicopter. He identified the man as a Taliban fighter who had attempted but failed to install the Islamist group's flag.