Photos From Afghanistan (January 2011)

Suspected Taliban fighters stand at a police station in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, on Jan. 26. Eleven Taliban fighters were arrested by Afghan police in a recent operation. (Rahmat Gul/Associated Press)

If you’re wondering what’s with the earmuffs and blacked out goggles, it must be because their future might be bright and loud. (Muzzle flash and gunshot)

Lots more pics at The Big Picture – HERE

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JB February 6, 2011 at 09:58 pm

Oh I thought they were in the ‘Helo Dunker – night ditching’ phase of water survival at NAS P’cola :-P

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032125 February 7, 2011 at 03:45 am

I love this series; in never fails to illuminate, elucidate, and remind us of the nature and consequences of our foreign policies.

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JKEverett February 7, 2011 at 07:57 am

The goggles and earmuffs, in addition to being intimidating, I imagine, are part of a sensory deprivation technique initially introduced by the CIA for interrogation purposes.

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N. Anderson February 7, 2011 at 05:52 pm

Maybe the muffs are actually headphones and they are being forced to listen to Justin Bieber.

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Coop February 7, 2011 at 09:24 pm

The earmuffs and goggles are to prevent them from collecting intel on where they are and to keep them from speaking to each other so they can’t formulate a group escape plan. When we capture EPWs down range, we keep the prisoners segregated to keep them from collaborating. Earmuffs and blindfolds help us to maintain this segregation in transit to the EPW containment facilities.

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Admin (Mike) February 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Ah nice! Makes sense.

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d-boy February 7, 2011 at 09:28 pm

Secure Silence Segregate. It’s what the army trains all it’s soldiers to do with prisoners. This is news to me, but it fails to surprise.

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