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Weapons documented at the point of use,
tracked through the chains of supply
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Working in active armed conflicts to track the sources of arms and ammunition
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
In-depth weapon analysis: from small arms to major conventional systems
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Mapping weapon flows on CAR’s iTrace
Global Weapon Reporting System
Taliban exploitation of commercial supply lines for thermal imaging sights
Night vision equipment includes a range of imaging systems enabling humans to see at night, including thermal imaging devices. The Taliban's ability to access and deploy night vision equipment was a significant factor in the years before the group's takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021.
This Frontline Perspective, the third in a series from CAR's field operations in Afghanistan between 2019 and 2021, reports on two commercial supply lines through which the Taliban sought to procure thermal imaging weapon sights. These sights, manufactured in the past five years, were commercially available in the United States and United Arab Emirates.