Badri 313 Bataillon
|Name||Badri 313 Bataillon|
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|Function/Grade||Taliban elite Unit|
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Taliban members and supporters often use Badri 313 interchangeably with other terms to identify the group’s “Special Forces.” The infamous “Red Unit” or “Blood Unit” is also among the organization’s commandos. The Taliban used these elite formations as shock troops in its conquest of Afghanistan. The name Badri 313 is a tribute to the Battle of Badr, in which the Prophet Muhammad reportedly led 313 men to victory.
The Haqqani Network has promoted its special forces units as far back as Nov. 2011, when it carried out an attack on the Continental Hotel in Kabul. The Haqqani’s video, titled “The Army of Badr 1,” featured “hot and attractive shots of the training, wills, and the operations of the mujahideen who participated in this martyrdom-seeking operation.” Manba al Jihad, the propaganda arm of the Haqqani Network, produced the video.
In 2015, the Taliban released another “Army of Badr” video from its Salahadin Ayyubi camp. That footage also celebrated the commandos who executed a complex suicide assault on the Afghan National Directorate of Security’s headquarters in Ghazni in Sept. 2014.
One of Manba al Jihad’s most detailed videos of the Taliban’s special forces was released in June 2020, just three months after the Trump administration agreed to a withdrawal deal with the Taliban. Sirajuddin Haqqani gave a recorded speech lauding graduates from its Al Fateh Military camp. The Al Fateh camp is a known training location for the Taliban’s special forces. In the video, titled “Victorious Forces ,” both Siraj and Mullah Yacub, the son of Mullah Omar, praised the fighters, their commitment and military prowess, while emphasizing their importance to the Taliban’s jihad. Both Siraj and Yacub are deputy emirs in the Taliban’s hierarchy. Two of the units featured in the June 2020 video showed the Taliban fighters wearing the distinct red headbands of the “Blood Unit.”
In early April 2021, just weeks before the Taliban launched its blitz to seize the country, the Taliban released scores of images. The photos featured “[h]undreds of Mujahidin [holy warriors] and martyrdom seekers” who “have graduated from Khalid bin Waleed, Al-Fateh and Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique Military Camps of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” The images showed well-armed and equipped Taliban fighters from its special forces in various stages of training.
Al Qaeda previously operated a unit in Afghanistan and Pakistan known as Brigade 313. This unit, which was part of al Qaeda’s Lashkar Zil or Shadow Army, was led by Ilyas Kashmiri, the famed Pakistani jihadist and al Qaeda military commander.