Who Owns the Night? Setting Straight Exaggerated Reports About the Taliban's (IEA) Night Vision Capabilities

Image: 17 February 2019 Taliban / Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA): Fighter with M4 rifle equipped PULSAR Thermal Imaging Sight Trail  in Paktia, Afghanistan.Executive SummaryPULSAR & ATN ThOR-HD night or thermal scopesEvidence shows that the Taliban / Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) – while possessing some night vision goggles that were presumably captured from Afghan government forces – predominantly use rifle-mounted night or thermal vision devices. More specifically, said evidence suggests that they are almost exclusively using versions of PULSAR and ATN ThOR-HD night or thermal scopes that are mainly intended for hunters. These devices are – despite numerous general reports to the contrary – neither military-grade, nor very sophisticated, nor superior to the night vision goggles of Afghan government forces. Such devices seem to be limited in numbers and to certain areas of Afghanistan.Unlikely From Russia or IranThe night or thermal…

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Franz Marty

Franz J. Marty is a freelance journalist. Since December 2014, he is based in Kabul, Afghanistan. He covers a broad range of topics with a focus on security and military issues. He has conducted...