ANI News service is quoting Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying that the new Taliban Army will include a battalion of suicide bombers in its table of organization. The Taliban have said previously that they will stand up an army of some 100,000 troops as they try to consolidate their hold on Afghanistan following their occupation of Kabul in mid-August of 2021.
To build this new army, the Taliban is looking to fill its ranks with soldiers from the 350,000 man Afghan Army it defeated in its take over of the country. The Taliban came into possession of hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. funded and provided equipment including 2,000 Humvees and trucks, helicopters, 50 armored fighting vehicles which include the Mine-Resistant MRAP type, seven Boeing built drones, perhaps 200 pieces of artillery and mortars, attack aircraft, and perhaps a dozen tanks. Not to mention hundreds of thousands of U.S. made small arms and millions of rounds of ammunition.
What the Taliban lack is the technical ability to repair and maintain this equipment long-term so they are looking to induct specialists with these skills from the old Afghan army into the new force.
The Taliban have stated that women will be inducted as well in certain cases, which would likely mean that the suicide bomber unit will include them as well.