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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban jihadi organization that seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021) told the United States that if America wants 2,000 soldiers to guard its embassy in Kabul, the Taliban too will deploy a similar number of suicide bombers at the Afghan embassy in Washington D.C.
The December 11, 2021, tweet of Maulvi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid
The United States and the Islamic Emirate recently held talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar where the U.S.-Taliban deal was signed in February 2020, to discuss bilateral relations, while the Afghan Taliban are seeking international legitimacy. The Taliban government in Kabul is yet to be recognized by any country.
On December 11, 2021, a tweet by Maulvi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, the son of the late Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid and now the acting defense minister of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime, stated: "If America wants 2,000 English [i.e., American] troops at its embassy in Afghanistan, we also want 2,000 Fidayeen Mujahideen [i.e., suicide bombers] from the Fateh Force at the embassy of Afghanistan in America." The tweet is the first indication that the U.S. is seeking to deploy 2,000 troops to open its embassy in Kabul.
Fidayeen is another term used by jihadi groups for their suicide bombers. "Fateh Force," or "victorious force," is a "martyrdom force" within the Badri 313 unit of the Islamic Emirate. Badri 313 is named after the Ghazwa-e-Badr, the first Islamic battle led by Islam's founder Muhammad in which 313 Muslims defeated thousands of non-Muslim tribesmen.
Maulvi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, acting Taliban defense minister
Maulvi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, the son of the Taliban's late spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid, first became second deputy emir of the Afghan Taliban and was then made head of the Islamic Emirate's Military Commission in May 2020. After the Taliban seized power in Kabul on August 15, 2021, he became acting defense minister. He is a graduate of an Islamic seminary in Karachi, Pakistan.
Since their takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban have painted walls in Kabul with slogans of triumph in praise of the mujahideen's victory against the U.S.-led coalition forces. One such slogan painted in red, white, and blue on a wall near the gate of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul reads: "With Allah's support, our nation defeated America."
The text on the wall reads: "With Allah's support, our nation defeated America."
Soon after seizing power, the Taliban began whitewashing walls in Kabul, erasing messages and images, especially those with women's faces. The jihadi force erased messages promoting the education of Afghans and honoring fallen journalists, also eliminating images of musicians and prominent women from the walls of the Afghan capital. The wall of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul was painted with the Taliban flag.
In August 2021, the Taliban painted the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan with the Taliban flag