After a humiliating swift takeover of Afghanistan amid President Biden’s botched troop withdrawal Taliban fighters are now rubbing it in America’s face with propaganda videos that show members of a special unit decked out in US special forces gear.
Members of the so-called Badri 313 Brigade have been featured in the ISIS-style propaganda footage clad in what appears to be US military outfits, ditching their traditional turbans for the distinctive special forces helmets with mounts for night-vision goggles, The Sun reported.
Rather than robes, they are dressed head to toe in camos and bullet-proof vests – and instead of slinging their signature AK-47s over their shoulders, the wannabe American operatives are seen clutching US-made M4 and M-16 assault rifles.
To complete their transformation, some of the militants are reportedly seen sporting reflective wraparound shades favored by US troops, including Navy SEALs, Army Delta Force commandos and Marines.
The propaganda footage warns that the shock troops would patrol the streets of Kabul and guard the presidential palace, according to The Sun.
The special brigade is reportedly named after the ancient Battle of Badr cited in the Quran in which the Prophet Mohammed defeated an enemy force with just 313 men.
Images of the fighters have emerged amid a report that billions of dollars of American weapons have fallen into the hands of the Taliban after the collapse of Afghan security forces, which had been trained to use the equipment.
Among the items seized by the insurgents are Black Hawk choppers and A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft, The Hill reported.
The militants also have been seen with American Humvees and mine-resistant armored vehicles, according to the outlet.
“When an armed group gets their hands on American-made weaponry, it’s sort of a status symbol. It’s a psychological win,” Elias Yousif, deputy director of the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor, told The Hill.
“Clearly, this is an indictment of the US security cooperation enterprise broadly. It really should raise a lot of concerns about what is the wider enterprise that is going on every single day, whether that’s in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia,” he added.
The US spent about $83 billion training and equipping Afghan forces over the last two decades, according to the outlet.