2003 January 15 Wednesday
Al Qaeda Adapting To US Military Tactics

Rowan Scarborough reports on ways Al Qaeda is nullifying some of the technological advantage of the US military.

   "At night, when these groups heard a Predator or AC-130 coming, they pulled a blanket over themselves to disappear from the night-vision screen," Maj. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck, who led U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told the Army's Field Artillery magazine. "They used low tech to beat high tech."
   •Al Qaeda leaders greatly reduced their time on telephones and radios after realizing the United States' unmatched technical ability to monitor voice communications. During the summer, the military found a large cache of brand-new satellite phones — unused. This signaled that al Qaeda fighters have found other ways to talk without being detected, a Pentagon official said.

Steven Biddle has written more extensively on how Al Qaeda has adapted to and reduced the efficacy of US military weapons systems and tactics.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 January 15 11:17 AM  Military War, Rumours Of War


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