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US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

Video For the first time, the US has used its largest non-nuclear explosive, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (also known as the Mother Of All Bombs) in Afghanistan. The MOAB is a 10.5-ton bomb containing 18,700 pounds (8,482 kilograms) of high explosive. It was used against a cave and tunnel complex in use by the …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2017
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Poseidon's Wake, Naked at the Albert Hall and Farewell Kabul

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston reviews the latest from the literary world with Alastair Reynolds' latest – the final instalment in a sci-fi trilogy. Tracey Thorn delivers an amusing and insightful perspective on the lot of the singer, and journalist Christina Lamb gives a personal account of her life and work in Afghanistan. …
Mark Diston, 2 May 2015

Bitter Lake: Know your enemy? Impossible, surely, when you don't know if the enemy exists

TV Review My favourite moment in Bitter Lake – Adam Curtis' new two hour film about Afghanistan – is a clip of a posh British graduate teaching conceptual art to a class of Afghan women in traditional dress. She shows them Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain. You know – the dirty urinal. One shakes her head. The others just stare politely. “It …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2015
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Anti-drone bods haul MoD to court over SECRET KILLER ROBOTS

The Ministry of Defence is set to face a court hearing next week over its refusal to release information about Britain's lethal unmanned drone missions in Afghanistan. It will appear in front of the Information Tribunal on 23 and 24 September in a bid to defend its decision to throw a veil of secrecy around the use of drones …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Sep 2013
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Taliban official's email blunder leaks 400+ contacts

Anyone in the bulk email business should know never to mix up cc: ("carbon copy") and bcc: ("blind carbon copy") – especially if the materials you're sending out are Taliban press releases. That was exactly the rookie mistake made by Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmedi last week, ABC News reports, which resulted in Ahmedi …
Neil McAllister, 16 Nov 2012
A160T Hummingbird drone joins the US Army

US deploys 1.8 gigapixel helicopter surveillance drones to Afghanistan

The US Army will deploy Boeing A160T Hummingbird surveillance helicopter drones for the first time (officially at least) in Afghanistan by June 2012. The 35 foot long Hummingbird can operate at a ceiling of 30,000 feet, has 2,250 miles of range and can fly at a maximum of 165mph, with Boeing claiming an endurance record in its …
Iain Thomson, 29 Dec 2011
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Afghan elders refuse to be labelled pimps by number 39

Plans to extend the London 39 bus route from Putney Bridge Station to Kabul are reportedly on hold after the number of shame caused a bit of a rumpus at a gathering of Afghan elders. President Hamid Karzai convened the "loya jirga" to chew the fat over US-Afghan relations, but made the mistake of dividing the shindig into 40 …
Lester Haines, 18 Nov 2011
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Army to deploy jumping robots in Afghanistan

The US Army will be testing a new type of reconnaissance robot designed to jump over walls and through windows, without putting soldiers in the line of fire. Dubbed the Sand Flea, the four wheeled device is about the size of a shoebox and weighs roughly ten pounds, and is capable of jumping up to 24 feet. The robot uses a …
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2011
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US Army orders more Judge Dredd smartgun ammo

The US Army has assigned an extra $24m of funding to the futuristic XM-25, a high tech personal weapon which can hit and kill an enemy even if he is hiding behind a rock, in a trench or round a corner. The XM-25 in action in Afghanistan. Credit: PEO Soldier Just shoot him, Kowalski, stop waiting for him to hide first The …
Lewis Page, 3 Nov 2011
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US Marines not allowed to fart in Afghanistan

US Marines fighting in Afghanistan have been banned from farting in order to avoid upsetting the local population, it has been reported. The Marine Corps Times has the scoop: Audible farting has been banned for some Marines downrange [slang roughly meaning 'in the warzone'] because it offends the Afghans ... So, for all …
Lewis Page, 25 Aug 2011
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Afghan coppers trained with Playmobil

In case you ever wondered just what kind of preparation Afghan police recruits get in order to prepare them to face the Taliban, rest assured they're offered the very latest in high-tech training technology. BrickArms' Toy taliban figure For proof, check out the fourth snap in this slideshow from FOCUS online. Regular readers …
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2011
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Iranian pimp plates arse up Afghan car sales

An Iranian pimp dubbed "39" has been fingered as the possible cause of a dramatic slump in car sales in the Afghan capital Kabul, Reuters reports. The Iranian in question apparently had a "flashy" motor whose number plate contained the number 39. This became his nickname and subsequently a signifier for "pimp". The term …
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2011
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New tech lets you drink exhaust fumes

US government boffins have come up with a cunning plan to use diesel fuel for two purposes – both conventionally to generate power, then afterwards as drinking water. The technology to be used will also be of interest to airship enthusiasts, as it could be used in one of the major problems facing helium-filled dirigibles. The …
Lewis Page, 15 Apr 2011
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US Marines splurge on Brit troops' armoured pants

It doesn't happen often, but today it has. US troops, serving alongside British forces in combat, have looked enviously at the kit furnished to our boys and girls and demanded that the Pentagon get off its ass and buy them similar stuff. More normally, things would be the other way around. The kit in question is the armoured …
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2011
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Google hits 'prove we killed no Afghans' – Assange™

Julian Assange™, globally famous Wikileaks supremo, has claimed that his organisation is "more accountable" than democratic governments and has also claimed credit for the rise of anti-corruption sentiment in India. He also suggested that the number of Google hits generated by typing an organisation's name followed by "blood on …
Team Register, 11 Apr 2011
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US Army inks $66m deal for Judge Dredd smart-rifles

The US Army's futuristic Judge Dredd style computer smart-rifle project, the XM-25, is moving ahead. Developer ATK, which has so far made just five prototype weapons, inked a $65.8m deal this week to move the weapon into manufacturing. A soldier aims an XM-25 smartgun. Credit: PEO Soldier "Freeze, perp! All right, you asked …
Lewis Page, 1 Apr 2011
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Blighty's expensive Watchkeeper spy-drone in further delays

The troubled, extremely expensive Watchkeeper project intended to supply unmanned surveillance aircraft to the Royal Artillery has hit further technical delays. The first robot spyplanes should have been delivered in February - eight months later than the original contract called for - but they will now arrive "toward year's end …
Lewis Page, 2 Mar 2011
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First reports on XM-25 Judge Dredd smartgun in A'Stan

First reports are emerging on the performance of the futuristic, Judge Dredd style XM-25 computer smartgun, which went into combat with frontline US troops in Afghanistan in December. The hi-tech rifle - almost a portable artillery piece - is said to have been dubbed "the Punisher" by soldiers who have used it. A soldier aims …
Lewis Page, 10 Feb 2011

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