The Afghan Taliban emphasized the training of its ‘Umari Martyrdom Battalion’ in a video released by the group earlier today. The video is the latest in a series of propaganda promoting Taliban units and the group’s network of training camps, all of which train in the open during broad daylight without fear of retribution or air assault from US Forces.
The Umari Martyrdom Battalion was depicted training at a camp in mountainous area which appears to be in southern or southeastern Afghanistan or southwestern Pakistan. The camp appears to have some permanent features, including small buildings, jungle gyms and at least two gun ranges. The precise location of the training site should be easily identifiable by US Forces based on the terrain.
The video appeared to have been filmed during the summer as the fighters were dressed for warm weather.
Taliban flags were displayed prominently throughout the video, which was more than 28 minutes long. The white banner of the Taliban flew from vehicles, at a makeshift parade ground, and at the ranges.