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Afghanistan: Taliban plans for suicide brigade reveal changing nature of warfare in 21st century | Lily Hamourtziadou

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Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, recently announced the group will establish formal “martyrdom brigades” under the command of the Ministry of Defence. There was widespread condemnation of the announcement, but it was not that surprising given the prevalence of Taliban suicide attacks throughout the last 20 years. Suicide missions were undertaken by the Japanese and Germans during WWII and the Viet Minh during the early stages of the Vietnam Conflict, but the modern phase of suicide bombings began with Lebanon’s civil war. Martyrdom has been a central feature of jihad since the 9th century these modern suicide battalions may be used against elements of ISIS-K who are conducting their own holy war.

Source: https://theconversation.com/afghanistan-taliban-plans-for-suicide-brigade-reveal-changing-nature-of-warfare-in-21st-century-174829

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