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Did U.S. Special Forces Kill a Giant in Kandahar?

Several conspiracy theory-oriented web sites are claiming a Biblical giant with flaming red hair was killed by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

  • Published 31 August 2016

Claim

United States Special Forces killed a giant in Kandahar in 2002, and the government is trying to cover it up.

Rating

False

Origin

In the summer of 2016, several personalities and web sites dedicated to discussing supernatural myths and conspiracy theories began claiming that an American Special Forces soldier serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was killed in 2002 by a 1,100-pound, blade-wielding, 12-foot-tall giant from Old Testament times before the giant himself was taken down by the military.

A Department of Defense spokesman told us they have no record of such an incident:

We do not have any record or information about a special forces member killed by a giant in Kandahar.

Current interest in the story appears to have been generated from a video created by L.A. Marzulli, an author, blogger and filmmaker determined to link modern times with biblical creatures and prophecies. On 13 August 2016, he posted an episode on YouTube of his series, Watchers, in which he claims to interview a military contractor or soldier who witnessed the blade-wielding “Giant of Kandahar” kill another soldier before being downed by troops, whisked away by a transport aircraft and hidden away from public view.

Marzulli makes the case that the giant was a Nephilim, which were described in the Book of Genesis as offspring of gods and human women who inhabited Canaan at the time of Israelite conquest. But when it comes down to details, he’s vague, saying he interviewed the unnamed man at an “undisclosed location” on an unknown date. The interviewee who he claims shot and killed the giant, doesn’t give any details on the location of the alleged incident, other than to say it was a “remote” location in Afghanistan in 2002. He claims he and others were sent in to look for a missing patrol when they saw a scarlet-haired giant emerge from a cave and skewer his friend, who he called “Dan,” with a large blade.

If the Army’s statement isn’t sufficient, the only service member with the first name Dan or Daniel who died in Kandahar in 2002 was killed — along with three others — in an accident involving the clearing and disposal of explosives. There are no incidents on the Department of Defense press release page, in which all military casualties were listed, involving a giant. Likewise, there are no reports of an entire patrol disappearing in Afghanistan.

Marzulli’s video about the alleged giant incident, replete with a growling animation, can be seen here:

Several conspiracy theory-oriented web sites are claiming a Biblical giant with flaming red hair was killed by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Indiana man mows giant flag on lawn in tribute to soldier killed in Afghanistan

GREENWOOD, Ind. — A Greenwood, Indiana man decided to something different with his lawn for the Fourth of July by creating a giant American flag to honor a student of his who died in Afghanistan.

Jimmy Waters graduated Whiteland Community High School in 2008 and later joined the Army. On July 1, 2011 he was killed in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device.

Rob Merchant wanted to pay tribute to Waters because of the impact he had years ago his middle school wrestling team.

“I had a wrestler that was in middle school that wrestled for me and was an awesome kid, an inspiration to our team and then in 2011, he was in the military and was killed in Afghanistan,” Merchant told WTHR.

You don’t want to miss this story—Rob Merchant has created a giant flag in his Greenwood lawn. but for him, the flag has brought on a whole new meaning.

Hear why this is more than just a hobby for him tonight at 11 on @WTHRcom pic.twitter.com/osvqogDPkH

On a riding lawnmower, Merchant used his yard as giant canvas to meticulously cut an American flag and then spray paint all 50 stars.

He said that the American flag to him is about trying to do his best at everything in his life, something that Waters inspired him to do.

“The flag means be better. Be better today than you were yesterday. I want to be a better husband. I want to be a better dad. I want to be a better neighbor. I want to be a better friend. I want to be better tomorrow than I was today,” Merchant told WTHR.

A Greenwood, Indiana man decided to something different with his lawn for the Fourth of July by creating a giant American flag to recognize a student of his who died in Afghanistan