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Birds Fitted With Suicide Vests are the New IED

The Taliban reportedly has a new weapon in its arsenal: remotely detonated birds. No, seriously: think birds wearing suicide vests. Why not just load explosives into a coconut and deliver them by swallow already? Read More >>

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Soldiers Describe How DARPA Smartphones Save Lives in Battle

The average pedestrian walks around with more sophisticated navigation and communication technology in his pocket than our soldiers have on the battlefield. That's why the military is working hard on developing a battle-ready smartphone that would bring our troops up to speed. According to the soldiers who've tested the Pentagon's prototypes, the tech can't come soon enough. Read More >>

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Inside the US Military’s Secretive Smartphone Programme

When I recently set out for the Pentagon's R&D department, I instead found myself in front of a downtrodden shopping mall in Arlington, Virginia. I'd been navigating the old fashioned way — with my eyes — but when I pulled out my smartphone and there it was, clearly marked in the Google Maps app: DARPA. Read More >>

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Report: the NSA is Recording Nearly Every Phone Call Made in Afghanistan

At the beginning of the week, reports from The Intercept revealed that the US National Security Agency has been recording nearly every phone call made in the Bahamas and "another country." Today, WikiLeaks released a statement saying that the other country is, in fact, Afghanistan. Read More >>

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US War Dogs in Afghanistan are Getting Their Own Air-Conditioned Kennels

The US military's war dogs are a pretty badass bunch, but that doesn't mean they like being stuck inside stuffy kennels during summer weather where temperatures hit 50C. That's why the army's designing them some swankier digs complete with AC and exercise areas. Read More >>

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Military Drones are Looking More and More Like Star Wars Characters

When you think about military drones, chances are your mind conjures up the image of a grey airplane-shaped object with a windowless cockpit. But actually, combat drones come in all shapes and sizes—including some very futuristic ones. Read More >>

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Watch as a 226kg US Bomb is Accidentally Launched at US Army Soldiers

Shocking video of a US Army infantry outpost hit the web yesterday, showing an airstrike gone awry. The soldiers are waiting for the strike to take out a group of Taliban soldiers, when a 226kg bomb explodes just a few feet from their outpost. A 226kg American bomb. Read More >>

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Look Inside the Control Room of an RAF Remote Drone Operation

The Royal Air Force (RAF) base at Waddington maintains two Ground Control Stations for managing unmanned aircraft systems flying halfway around the world in Afghanistan. Read More >>

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Inside Al Qaeda’s Half-Baked Plans to Take Down U.S. Drones

As much as Americans like to gripe about it Stateside, their complaints about the drone program are nothing compared to those of Al Qaeda. The terrorists don't like drones, because drones are designed to kill terrorists. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, however, Al Qaeda's about to fight back. Read More >>

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Watch This German UAV Crash into a Plane on an Afghan Runway

This is why we can't have nice things. Recently declassified video footage from Northern Afghanistan shows that piloting a drone isn't nearly as easy as it seems, even when it's still on the ground. Read More >>

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The Pentagon’s Putting Its Big Brother Data Collection in the Cloud

News emerged this week that the U.S. Army, which has been collecting biometric data of locals in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, is going to start storing that data in the cloud. Put simply, biometrics is the collection of personal, physical data using devices like retina scanners, and no matter what way you spin the situation, it's a potentially pretty creepy practice. (Do you want the government to take pictures of the inside of your eyeball?) But in a warzone, it seems downright dangerous. Doubly so in the cloud. Read More >>

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A Look Inside Afghanistan’s Almost-Apple Store

Fake Apple stores are nothing new. China has a slew of them, all polished and shiny, appearing almost as if they are the genuine article at a glance. Quartz dug up some details on Afghanistan's (fake) Apple store, and though it's a bit more frumpy than most, it still gets the job done. Read More >>

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Helmetcam Shows a US Soldier Taking Fire in Afghanistan

This is war in 2012 — you can literally see a soldier under fire in Afghanistan. The soldier was shot but suffered no permanent injuries. It's insane. Read More >>