The Biden administration has done everything in its power to take focus off of the deadly botched withdrawal from Afghanistan which left the Taliban terror group to retake control. New information is surfacing on just howmuch control the Taliban has been able to hold over Biden and his administration.
Just in December, the Taliban reportedly “told the United States during talks in Doha that if the U.S. insisted on deploying 2,000 American troops at its embassy in Kabul, the Taliban would also deploy as part of any bilateral arrangement 2,000 ‘fidayeen mujahideen [i.e., suicide bombers]’ at the Afghan Embassy in Washington D.C.” reports the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a watchdog group that tracks jihadi communications and media reports.
The Taliban is making it very clear it does not want any American presence in Afghanistan. Additionally the Taliban made it very clear suicide bombers will be part of their special forces in the Afghan National Army under the defense ministry.
In an interview that occurred in the first week of January 2022, Zabihullah Mujahid, a veteran terrorist and leader in the Taliban government, told a Pashtu-language radio station “Our mujahideen in the Ishtishhadi Kandaks [martyrdom-seeking battalions] will be part of the army and [they] will be Special Forces and organized under the defense ministry,” according to MEMRI. “The Special Forces will be established in a specific number and used for special operations.”
MEMRI also reported that in July of 2021, Mujahid said in an interview with ToloNews that the Taliban has no obligation under the Doha agreement of 2020 to sever ties with Al-Qaeda because the groups is part of the Islamic faith.
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