The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses a Dilemma for the U.S.

The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses a Dilemma for the U.S. Photo A member of the Afghan Special Forces is seen through a night-vision goggle during a training exercise with American Special Forces at Camp Shorab in Helmand Province in September. Credit Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Once described as an ill-equipped band of insurgents, the Taliban are increasingly attacking security forces across Afghanistan using night-vision goggles and lasers that United States military officials said were either stolen from Afghan and international troops or bought on the black market.
The devices allow the Taliban to maneuver on forces under the cover of darkness as they track the whirling blades of coalition helicopters, the infrared lasers on American rifles, or even the bedtime movements of local police officers.
With this new battlefield visibility, the Taliban more than doubled nighttime attacks from 2014 to 2017, according to one United States military official who descri..