Taliban announces 'Badri 313' Special operations Unit using American weaponry and equipment

Taliban announces 'Badri 313' Special operations Unit using American weaponry and equipment


They’re just shit posting.


For real, I bet they are posting these to troll the media.




never thought we would see reddit helping the Taliban with their PR


I'm waiting for the report that the 313 was attacked by other Taliban because they thought they were US marines.


I wanna know why they chose the area code for Detroit.


Seems pretty obvious to me


yeah, clearly they're big 8 mile fans


Will the real Beard Shady, please stand up? Please stand up?


Nobody else was using it Can’t have shit in Detroit.


Sure but it doesn't escape the fact that they're now using millions of dollars of US military equipment. Or in other words our tax money. Those couple of hours of minimum wage work we slaved over was sent over to protect the Taliban


Mans helmet is on backwards lmao Edit: I acknowledge I was wrong.


He just enjoys the cool breeze on the back of his head


*through* the back of his head.


Prob trying to protect his big ass forehead


They did say "special" operations


These elite units are capable of accidentally shooting each other in the ass at 900 yards.


He was off sick the day they trained them to put the hats on


That's okay. One dude missed "how to tie shoes with laces" day.


Well they said it was a "special" unit


Which one


Top pic, 3rd from left in the bottom row




Does your person have a moustache? Does your person have a beard? Does your person have dark hair?


The one where there is no mount. Look in the spot where people put gopros on helmets. (Middle, bottom row) Edit: yes, I know they don’t actually use them for go pros. It was an easy way to describe what I thought the person was talking about.


No no.. you don't understand his assignment. He is part of the reargaurd.


“Special forces”


But can they do jumping jacks?


[For context](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGisVaH4DLs)


I needed this laugh this morning


Somebody else claimed in another thread that it's actually a difficult thing to do without having the muscle memory from being taught as a kid, using every part of your body at once. I don't know if it's true, but it might be less funny and more just kind of sad.


Okay but what about the guy doing the I'm a little teapot?




\*chuckles\* I'm in danger!


I read they were all high as shit on opium because that’s a big problem out there, jumping jacks aren’t exactly something you need muscle memory for but having a lack of coordination when your body feels like a limp noodle makes sense to me


The people joining the Americans were often outcasts from their town.


Huh, I didn't really think about that being a likelyhood, but it makes perfect sense that it would be the case, even if regions were decidedly anti-Taliban.


Most of the army were made up of the useless fucks and degenerates from towns and villages. It was an easy paycheck and required virtually no skills. They were universally illiterate and most could even barely count. This was also an issue for commanding officers and staffing. Like how are you supposed do payroll or other beauracratic work if your employees can't read or count? It wasnt just lack of discipline, morale or even training. It was a total inability *to function as an organisation* that made the ANA a fucking sad sack of loser. The only working units were the special forces who were legit fucking badasses. They did a majority of the actual fighting.


Really makes you wonder wtf all that talk of “nation building” was about. A lot of these guys we were training would have literally grown up under US occupation and they couldn’t read or write?! Sounds like we should have given less money to Erik Prince, Halliburton, and those pedophile warlords, and spent it on some god damn schools. Pretty obvious now the whole war was just a corrupt scheme to funnel money into the defense industry.


So we actually embarrassingly did build things like schools and hospitals. But as a common theme in Afghanistan, with zero local input or even internal coordination. Literally cases of schools being built 1 block from each other.


I was 18 when we invaded and it was obvious *back then* that the whole thing was a scheme to funnel money to the defense industry. Just like every single engagement the US has been in since 1945.


Also, a bunch only existed on paper to pad the commanders' bank accounts with the extra pay. Corruption killed the war in Afghanistan in the cradle.


Yeah. Apparently those that were even remotely competent would just join their town's / village's / tribe's militia or w/e. The ANA was literally an army largely consisting of literal village idiots.


That person was just speculating. Jumping jacks are incredibly easy. Dance requires much more coordination and plenty of people learn to dance as an adult, without issue. It’s more: Are you coordinated or not? Do you have body awareness? Pretty much goes for all physical activity, some people will understand how to do it right away, some people can be taught if you can make them aware of all the things their body is doing, and some people are so unaware and uncoordinated that no amount of coaching will help them.


As someone who has been physically active as a kid, it baffles me that there are able-bodied people who are just completely fine with the fact that they don’t even know how to use their bodies.


Do you have kids? One of mine is a naturally-gifted athlete, while another one falls out of chairs on a semi-regular basis.


Our eldest falls over standing still in an empty room, she's nearly 9! Has no idea where her feet are


4th from the left kinda gets it. 3rd from the right is straight up doing his own thing, like squats or something.


guy in the middle just vibing


I'd love to have dance music and effects added to that


It's like teaching five year olds.


I love how there’s only two dudes doing them mostly correctly.


Rubber dinghy rapids bro


Fuck mini babybell


And where are their long ass beards?


Have you ever shot an M-4 carbine with a collapsible stock? Those beard hairs come out one by one, painfully


First thing I noticed is that they all seem to have their stocks fully collapsed. I know people shorten up their stocks when using armor, but that doesn't seem to be the case here...


Short stocks are nice for clearing buildings, and it's nice to have as a default just for the form factor. It's easy enough to extend if you need it extended, but most of the time\* you're not in a firefight. I kept mine extended though. Not a lot of surprise 10m engagements; plenty of surprise 150m engagements


I want you on my paintball team.


Check his username




[Haha, I love that video.](https://youtube.com/watch?v=PlPniwWpbuE&t=40)


But he don't wana


It could be that they are used to the short stocks of Soviet-designed small arms. NATO length stocks have about 1.25" extra length of pull compared to the Warsaw Pact standard.


That’s the test to get into the 313


I think you have to be from Detroit.... (313 area code).


Almost new M16's, dropped only once.


They'll be on the black market before long, just like US weapons in Vietnam. US m16s showed up in South and Latin American narcos hands through the 90s.


I'd have to check the history books but I think the CIA may had something to do with the m16s in South America


Look at guy in the front middle with red tape on his weapon. He has a belt of 5.56 ammo, likely for a 249, wrapped around his handguard! Its obvious that these guys have no idea of what they are doing. They just picked this shit up and posed for a photo.


Lol maybe his plan is to chamber each of the rounds on that belt individually like it's a bolt action without a magazine. Can you even do that on an m4?


Yeah, is that a training rifle?


"We trained him wrong, as a joke"


If you’ve got an ass, I’ll kick it.


My nipples look like milk duds


Love seeing kung POW references. It really doesn't currently have the cult following or deserves...


My face, is bleeding, making me the victor!


Love a Kung Pow reference


"What is the difference between an owl and a bungee cord?"


"My yaaaaaass."


I’m falling! You’re falling! We’re falling!”


I can rock...and roll...all day long....sweet Suzie!




Eenie meenie miney mo. I wonder where my glove will go?


🎵”Oh, Tal-I-Ban, Tal-I-Ban! Product placement with Tal-I-Ban!”🎶


"My finger points!" 👉


I just wanna say, I took the ending teaser trailer for Kung pow 2 very seriously, I really want it to be made! Enter the Fist was so fucking amazing, like to begin the movie with the chosen one rolling down a hill giggling as a baby...pure genius. Like Joe Dirt couldn't even touch this movie, and that in its own right is a masterpiece. Also I just want to suggest for anyone reading this, one of the other great modern comedies, The Sasquatch Gang. I've seen it at least 24 times now and it's just that fucking good every time. First time I watched it I thought it was trash, but after a second viewing it became treasure in my eyes.


Leap that wall if your so great!


Poor Wimp Lo. Also.... >I'm bleeding, making me the victor.




If you're all alive, then surely Wimp Lo!


Again with the squeaky shoes!


"How do you like my face to foot style?"


Kung Pow


I'm coming!


Choosen one!


I'm coming!


Chosen one!


I'm coming!


Watched that movie last night. A classic


Normal rifles are used for training. The only difference is if you're going to be firing blanks you have to install a blank firing adapter on the muzzle. Otherwise your rifle won't have enough gas pressure to cycle properly. When I was in we used tape to quickly identify rifles, I'd assume that's the case here.


There's also a dude in the front row with his helmet on backwards.


I laughed so hard at this haha


There's boot laces going every which-ways 🤣 I don't know shit about gear but I've hiked a steep trail before, do these guys not walk? In Afghanistan?


I noticed the boots immediately, these guys literally can’t even tie their own shoes... Some of them are wearing their ear muffs ROFL! This poor photographer


They do hike the mountains but they’ve only ever done it in flip flops before


These are the same guys who were doing ground hump pushups and Indian Thriller jumping jacks.


It's called Fashion, look it up.


Boot laces hanging out. Knees pointing every which way. It’s like the recruit depot bus just let everyone loose in the supply depot and said “good, you’re trained.”


Their headsets aren’t even on their ears, because they didn’t realize you put it on before the helmet.


What's the issue with knees? Don't have military training.


You need to keep your knees facing towards your enemy/target. If you have them facing outward you are exposing your femoral artery. The idea is to not get shot in a majority artery and then bleed out.


Taliban Commander reading this thread: >write that down, write that down!!!


Now go ask where are the keys to start the aeroplane?


it’s obviously the new skin out of his loot crate. You just roll with what you have sometimes no matter how ugly the skins are.


At least they all have good trigger discipline 🤣


First photo, back row, third guy from the right. Dude’s holding his rifle like a trombone.


Lol! You found the guy who traditionally held the RPG in these photos.


Probably to cover the fact he's the only one without an M-4


100% Fancy equipment doesn’t make you an effective soldier.


It's not even fancy, these are old style rifles that the US military doesn't even use anymore. I'm amazed they even had any carry handle rifles left. Not an optic, peq, or anything else actually fancy in sight.


I'm pretty sure these are remnants of the crap that was given to ANA. This pic is weird and kinda dumb.


I can’t tell if they hate us or want to be just like us.


they hate us because they anus.


Someone call?


How the fuck did you see that? Genuinely impressed how usernames find these. Thank you for your service.


Make generally common phrase or name Browse Reddit too much Win




Do you ever feel


Like a plastic bag


Where are their long beards?




Only the best green camo in the desert.


Afghanistan has a lot of vegetation


Sharia law allows an exception when chin straps are involved.


Well that was nice of them


Religions are very convenient like that. Gold eh? Thanks :D


There are councils of Islam scholars who dictates these things, known as fatwa. The Malaysian one famously gathered to rule how Muslims should pray in space and partake in Ramadan. However, rulings are advisory at best. And the Taliban and ISIS obviously don't pay much attention to them. Other than the beard thing, which several fatwas have said Muslims may be permitted to shave for the purposes of protecting oneself, protecting another, or in an act of generosity or solidarity (such as empathising with a cancer patient). And the thing with soldiers is...well...yeah they're in the grey area of "protecting other people", especially the Taliban...


I asked my Muslim friend what he should do if it was time for prayers but he was on a flight between NYC and LA. He said that he’d just imagine doing it in his head. I think he’s relatively moderate though. He explained that there’s always a reasonable exception to accommodate the faithful.


Yeah, my understanding of it is that Allah prefers actual effort but appreciates a best attempt if that's not possible.


Islamic philosophy does preach "actions are weighted by their intentions" like most religions, that's why if there's special circumstances you're allowed to adjust your prayer/fasts/rituals however is convenient as long as you're still performing them. But if you can perform your prayer like normal, then you're not allowed to modify it at all and must do so or it is considered void.


couldn't they shave out a little strap-shaped spot under their chin, and mutton-chop it for the side straps?


It's the inverse of the US Special Forces, our special forces are the only ones with facial hair as a 'privilege' of their status. So these guys get to shave as their own privilege. (This isn't a real explanation).


My understanding is that it isn't so much a "privilege" but rather because they often work closely with local forces and beards help them blend in and also helps establish trust (unbearded men are perceived by some Muslim cultures as immature and thus untrustworthy).


Apparently you must also wear a backwards baseball cap and sunglasses to be trustworthy.


i was our SF were allowed to grow whatever they wanted, because they were not supposed to be identifiable, they are to look like civilians. kinda like undercover cops. also im talking about SF in general, not ones on tour in the middle east. I know when they get there its a different story and they try to do anything to look more like the locals if they can.


Local man in khakis Local man in fishnets Local man covered in bulging veins, task force 141 ink, mumbling charlie Oscar delta, we are loaded for bear, 6 clicks north over Local man with a goat and dart arrows We're good to go ✔️


Last I checked, that's ANA equipment.


I would also not be shocked if those are ANA soldiers.


Good chance there are some deserters in there I’d say


Like 80% of the combat troops in the Taliban were ANA at one point.


Which everybody should expect, the Taliban assumed governance of Afghanistan. They have control over all former ANA equipment.


Putting the US and the Taliban in the title sells upvotes.


Amazing that I had to scroll this far to see someone make this important correction to the post title.


Now I see why the USA army is so strict on dress code. One guy has his boot untied and it makes them all look stupid as shit.


Two do, and they're going to break their ankles the second they actually try to do anything. One dude's helmet is on backwards... one dude was a belt of ammo on his non-belt-fed gun... they're all wearing their ear protection OVER the helmets so they can fall off easily... only 1 of them is wearing their vest correctly and have their vitals actually protected... just ooof all around


Shit that is a belt. I thought it was a bandolier, which was already funny. Also I saw a picture of stacked M4s kitted out with optics and PEQ-15s. Why'd they give their special forces the National Guard hand me down rifles?


U.S. Army to National Guard to ANA to Taliban. Those weapons may have had some hard years on them.


You need to make another post w all the errors circled and pointed out for us. :)


Badri 313 in here takin' notes.


This must bring back good memories when we armed them back in the 80’s as well.


These are older rifles, most likely given to afghan army. Haven't had carrying handles on rifles for quite a while.


[Here](https://i.imgur.com/qLH7LgG.jpg) is a much higher quality version of the top image. [Here](https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/members-of-the-taliban-badri-313-military-unit-take-a-news-photo/1234971265) is the source. Per there: > Members of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit take a position at the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021, after the US has pulled all its troops out of the country to end a brutal 20-year war -- one that started and ended with the hardline Islamist in power. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by [WAKIL KOHSAR](https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/wakil-kohsar?phrase=%22WAKIL%20KOHSAR%22&sort=mostpopular)/AFP via Getty Images) [Here](https://i.imgur.com/mwWSbYz.jpg) is much higher quality version of the bottom image. [Here](https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/members-of-the-taliban-badri-313-military-unit-take-a-news-photo/1234971452?adppopup=true) is the source. Per there: > Members of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit take a position at the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021, after the US has pulled all its troops out of the country to end a brutal 20-year war -- one that started and ended with the hardline Islamist in power. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by [WAKIL KOHSAR](https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/wakil-kohsar?phrase=%22WAKIL%20KOHSAR%22&sort=mostpopular)/AFP via Getty Images) Per the [Wikipedia page for Badri 313](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badri_313_Battalion#Equipment): > Equipment > The battalion is equipped with camouflage uniforms, combat helmets, body armor, night-vision goggles, M4 carbines, sidearms and Humvees. It is unknown where they acquired the equipment or if it was sourced from Afghan military forces that surrendered


The fact they specifically call out that the unit is equipped with uniforms is telling…


Pardon my stupid question, but there is a dude on the bottom row, kneeling, with red tape around the magazine, stock and barrel. Do you happen to know the significance of it? Or is he firing blanks in Dulles Airport during Xmas time.


Maybe I've been out for a long time, but that does not look like any camo issued to US Forces in any service. British or Aussie maybe?


None of the equipment is US military, all afghan army. We gave them 80s returned equipment which is part of what's pictured, making it seem American


All of those uppers have fixed carry handles and the only one that doesn't has an optic mounted but that guy literally has his helmet on backwards. Like these are some mickey mouse soldiers.


Umm Afghan army maybe?


This is correct.


Could just be bought. It's not like it's hard to get or that expensive.


they are very friendly with China now..any uniform they want can be easily copied.


Propaganda shoot. These guys clearly have no clue about anything.


Their unit's flag is all white (on one side at least)? Great choice guys. Half that equipment will be in a broken pile in 2 months, mil-spec maintenance is real. Without procurement and a supply chain all that stuff will be cannibalized for parts starting yesterday.


Pretty sure that’s the Taliban’s flag.


Almost all of the Taliban use white flags.


I know Reddit often overlooks details, but it’s important to remember all of this equipment needs maintaining and updating. Gloves? That’s different. But these fighters don’t have the ability or resources to maintain the heavy bulk of weaponry, vehicles, and ammo that they’ve inherited. It’s not a good situation, but this is largely show. That’s hard to see now, but nothing they have in these pictures gives them a tactical advantage that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Edit: Consider the costs of logistics, the premium costs of buying much higher quality parts and ammo, the cost of ditching their current suppliers (dollars and political capital), the cost of storage, the cost of trade, the cost sustained training, costs of time invested. The costs of finding gold is nothing to that of mining it.


I agree to a point here. I think that video of Taliban fighters trying to fly some of the aircraft left behind is rather telling of their abilities to use and maintain the bulk of that equipment. However, it’s the other interested parties involved (China, Russian, Iran, Pakistan) who do have the ability to maintain and instruct them on how to utilize the equipment left behind. That and the fact that if they don’t know how to use it, they can simply sell it and purchase equipment that they are more comfortable with


>I think that video of Taliban fighters trying to fly some of the aircraft left behind is rather telling of their abilities to use and maintain the bulk of that equipment. Finding a helicopter pilot who defected to fly a Blackhawk does not mean they can maintain that equipment. You need an entire team of mechanics for that. The only thing really worthwhile that the Taliban captured is perhaps some MRAPs.


Maybe we got lucky and they captured a bunch of MREs


Those poor bastards


Which as I understand are also an absolute bitch to maintain and break down often.


MRAPs are also very top heavy vehicles. They will get cocky and tip them over quickly. It was a common problem for US Troops. They also got some LMTVs which have the same problem but are more suited for transport of goods/troops.


If there is any technology like Blackhawks left over they will probably just sell them. There are buyers for that stuff.


It will be extremely difficult for them to source spare parts for most of the military vehicles and advanced weapons systems. China, Russia, Iran, and Pakistan don't make those parts and if anything would rather sell the Taliban their own versions of those systems. further, most of what was left behind was old technology. Or adversaries would gain little to no knowledge from obtaining them and taking them apart. If any of it gets sold, it will mostly be for scrap metal after they run it into the ground.


Blackhawk parts can be so scarce at times, it even grounds the US fleet.


Especially dude with the backwards helmet


Now everybody from Badri 313 Put your motherfucking hands up and follow me Everybody from Badri 313 Put your motherfucking hands up


Put your motherfucking hands up! Look, look... Now, while he stands tough Notice that this man did not keep his beard up The IS got you gassed up....


I want my money back.


Is it just me, or is the Taliban hyper concerned about their image to the rest of the world right now.


Well it makes sense, they desperately need a better public image.


For anyone interested: 313 is the number of mujahideen who fought the battle of Badr alongside Muhammad in his first major military victory. The battle kicked off a campaign which ended in the conquest of Makkah and the collapse of the Arab Pagan political structure in eastern Arabia. Building a unit called “Badri 313” is an explicit invocation of that mythological military campaign and is designed to have propagandic value for young muslim men.


Let's see a video of them doing jumping jacks.


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Lol they’re special all right. Gear doesn’t make a soldier. These guys remind me of a proud boy military cos-players. Their insurgency style organization was their main advantage. Wearing a uniform strips that away.


When you order an afghan army from wish


... I mean, has anything really changed? They have always used someone else's gear. Thing is, it's only good, if you know how to properly use it. Plus they are missing the fancy night vision Also, something to remember, no terrorist organization has ever been successfully defeated through brute force. The only successful instances have been trough treaties, such as the IRA (which, while still around, is a mess as does more to themselves then anyone else)


Not true. LTTE, Tamil Tigers. Sri Lankan army just killed em all. No political resolution necessary.