Lt. Gen. Sher Karimi, chief of operations for the Afghan National Army on AQ:
“They are active by training some elements to terrorize people and also use IEDs (improvized explosive devices), remote-controlled mines on the roads and approaches and also use some of the very minor tactics like ambushes in some areas — hit-and-run type of tactics,” he replied. “And, of course, they train some of the people which are for their benefit, like Taliban and also smugglers who are engaged in narcotics.”
You can bet money it’s not just AQ in Afghanistan. Every terrorist, insurgent, and wanna-be guerrilla is learning the art of the improvised explosive device. The IED is the Molotov cocktail of the 21st century asymmetrical war. As I wrote in March:
…insurgent groups around the world are upping the number of bomb-makers in their ranks.
We aren’t moving quickly enough to get our troops better vehicles for the environment they’re fighting in.