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On social media, Taliban tout trained and US-equipped ‘special forces’

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PARIS (AFP) — The Taliban has been showing off its own “special forces” on social media, soldiers in new uniforms equipped with looted American equipment who contrast sharply with the image of the usual Afghan insurgent.

Pictures and videos of fighters in the so-called “Badri 313” unit have been posted online for propaganda purposes to underline how the Taliban have better equipped and trained men at their disposal than in the past, experts say.

The soldiers are shown in uniforms, boots, balaclavas and body armor similar to those worn by special forces around the world — and unlike the shalwar kameez, turban and sandals of the traditional Taliban fighter.

Rather than a battered Russian-designed Kalashnikov rifle slung over their shoulder, the men of Badri 313 hold new US-made rifles such as the M4, sometimes with night-vision goggles and advanced gunsights.

Badri 313 “likely represents some of the best trained and equipped fighters within the Taliban more broadly, although as you would expect there is a degree of sensationalizing in propaganda coverage of the unit by the group,” Matt Henman from the Janes defense consultancy told AFP.

Badri-313 unit of Taliban Special Forces that have been deployed in Kabul ahead of the arrival of top Taliban leaders Mullah Baradar and Sirajuddin Haqqani in the city. pic.twitter.com/Sp97Gpbcr0

— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) August 18, 2021

A Western weapons expert who writes anonymously on Twitter under the pseudonym of Calibre Obscura said........

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