Afghanistan veteran Sam Arnold uploaded this spine-chilling video of a US Marine getting a direct headshot from a Taliban sniper—only to be saved by his kevlar helmet. It's incredible to watch, especially the face of relief and disbelief of the impact victim. That was a really close call.
Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck is showing an Anti-Drone Tent now at Mediamatic Fabriek in Amsterdam. It promises to shield users from aerial infrared surveillance by hiding them beneath the heat-reflective surface of a Mylar® space blanket. It's a neat idea. That's why the Taliban has been using it for years.
If you didn't already know that the Taliban had a mailing list, your mind is already blown. But here's a solid one-upper: the Taliban spokesperson accidentally CC'd everyone on that list in an otherwise pedestrian email, outing some people who likely didn't want the world to know they were subscribers.
NATO and the Taliban have never really gotten along—a decade of collapsed state power vacuum insurgency warfare will do that. But can't we count on Twitter as a bastion of civility? Apparently not! The battling pair's bickering online.
The Pentagon's got some nice heads to stick on the proverbial pike: CENTCOM's General John Allen claims an F-16 airstrike killed the Taliban RPG gunners who blew up a SEAL-filled helicopter last week. How? The old-fashioned way: huge explosion.[ & ]
The US suffered a tremendous loss Saturday in Afganistan when the downing of a Chinook helicopter took the lives of 31 special forces troops. As Danger Room reports, it may have been an entirely new Taliban weapon that did it:
It's too late for Father's Day, but surely you can find a reason to give someone the Taliban chess set, from Canadian toy company Hedwig & Sergeant Major. Fight the "Good War" from the comfort of your own home!
What a world. The Taliban is now beaming out its fascistic madness 140 characters at a time, with its brand new Twitter feed. Choice propagandizing tweets include "Fifth US tank obliterated in Nawzad," among other dubious factoids. Watch out Bieber.
The Daily Beast has interviewed two of the men freed in the prison break we covered earlier today. One interviewee, Mullah Asadullah Akhund, described the escape in detail, while an anonymous commander was quoted as saying, "We are poor in technology, but with the help of All Mighty Allah we embarrassed the enemy with…
In their biggest prison break since 2008, nearly 500 Afghani detainees (mostly Taliban members) escaped from the Sarposa Prison through an underground tunnel, dug from the outside. Now the U.S. military is searching high and low, hoping to corral the escapees back in. The crazy thing is that they built this long…
Taliban rebels in Afghanistan have issued an ultimatum to the country's mobile network operators to shut down cellphone coverage at night—or else. The reason for this is not because of a desire by the medieval revivalists/"moral" "guardians"/warmongering nutcases/nasty little freedom-killing, women-bashing,…