THE TALIBAN'S WINNING STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN

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Image uploaded from a quicklink The Taliban militia was organized as a pickup truck cavalry. This motorized light force was focused on fast-paced combat operations against the patchwork of fragmented opposition armed groups. The militia used pickup trucks as all-purpose vehicles for both combat and combat support. The vehicle, nicknamed Ahu (the deer), was widely used in mujahideen operations particularly in Kandahar, Helmand, Farah, and Nimroz provinces during the war with Soviet forces. These light trucks were the principle troop carriers, transporting ten or more troops who fight in mounted or dismounted formations. With mounted soldiers able to fire while on the move, the customized pickups were efficient light combat vehicles with considerable cross-country maneuverability.

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