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U.S. Military Using Heavy Metal In Their Fight Against The Taliban

The U.S. military has been using heavy metal in their fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, according the Associated Press. Here's an excerpt of the article:

US special forces have a novel weapon in the fight to expel Taliban from a desolate and war-weary farming community in southern Afghanistan -- heavy metal music.

When insurgents open fire in Marjah, an armoured vehicle wired up to powerful speakers blasts out country, heavy metal and rock music so loudly it can be heard up to two kilometres (one mile) away.

The playlist has been hand-selected to annoy the Taliban, according to one US special forces officer.

"Taliban hate that music," said the sergeant involved in covert psychological operations, or "psy ops", in the area in Helmand province.

In fact, this is not a "novel weapon," as special ops have been using these tactics for years. This part was priceless though:

"How effective the method is in sending the Taliban running for cover is difficult to tell, but local children certainly don't like it -- many of them cover their ears from the onslaught of loud bass guitars and drums."

Source: UltimateGuitar.com

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1. thegoosegoblin writes:

America! f*** YEAH!

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 10:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. THRASH T'ILL DEATH writes:

HAHA AMERICA f*** YAY. Thats awsome and funny i wounder what they played

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 11:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Zontar The Munificent writes:

that's a great idea...we should carpet bomb them too.

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 11:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Clintbet writes:

I bet they play Limp Bizkit. Everyone hates Limp Bizkit and Fred Durst. If I'd be a Taliban, i'd be upset.

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 11:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Simon writes:

I hope they're playing S.O.D.'s F*ck The Middle East. That would be pretty cool lol

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 12:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. batmanzlegacy writes:

freakin wicked i wish i had spekers i can hear a mile away

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 12:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Necrovomit writes:

WARZONE!!!

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 2:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. deathbringer writes:

LOL @ Clintbet - FTW!

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 2:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. RTB writes:

Gotta be an adrenaline rush when your in the heat of combat or about to embark on it by pumping up some slayer or some old sepultura....
God bless all of our military...for the most part, they're doing a great job for all the sh!t they have to endure either on foreign soil or america's politics....

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 2:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Southern_Bastard writes:

They should play DEVOURMENT... that will scare the sh** out of em

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 2:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Necrovomit writes:

WAR ENSEMBLE!!! whatever floats ur boat

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 2:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. wilco writes:

f*** yeah the best thng there is
play slayer
angel of death
and chemical warfare and give this f***ers a chemical shower

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 4:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. thegoosegoblin writes:

This is probably one of the coolest articles I've read in awhile, thanks for posting.

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 4:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. n0thinghead writes:

AMERICA!! FVCK YEAH!! SAVING THE M0THER FVCKIN' DAY NOW!! \m/

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 5:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Guttersniper writes:

This reminds me of the South Park episode where cartman forces out the hippies by playing Slayer.. Great stuff.. How about a little Jihad to drive them out, lol

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 5:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. upset1212 writes:

this makes me sick!!

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 10:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hangingcorpse writes:

I`v heard they play Metallica alot.Prolly load,reload,and saint anger.Those albums could kill anyone with their sh**tyness!!!!!

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 11:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Bill Rhyzer writes:

Didnt realize this tactic was still in use. They did the same thing in Panama during Oeration Just Cause in the 80s to get Noriega.

# Apr 12, 2010 @ 11:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Necrovomit writes:

i'd like to be the guy driving that rig

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 12:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. n0thinghead writes:

i would love to know what was the actual playlist.

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 8:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. RTB writes:

Post 16 your an idiot...are you a pinko liberal or a commi?

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 10:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. hellrat writes:

south of heaven intro looped to continuity....

flush them tali-bon-bons right outta their sh** holes....right into the sights of the big .50 browning....overkill is highly desirable here

NP ---fightin' side of me---merle fvckin haggard

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 3:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. duncan hills writes:

come on guys, they are clearly playing run to the hills!

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 5:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. RTB writes:

^23.....NICE ONE..
Perfect anthem

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 5:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. thegoosegoblin writes:

#16, for the fail

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 5:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. hellrat writes:

its a good one dunc....but the HILLS are the fvcking problem!!

we gotta rout these vermin cowards outta them fvcking himal hills basically one at a fvcking time....its a massive undertaking

NP---the Crown---Kill Them All

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 5:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. duncan hills writes:

hehe cheers guys, seriously these terrorists are probably scared because their religion condemns it... which is just wrong...

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 6:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. upset1212 writes:

Metal for me is not used to hurt, but to heal. Don't you guys have the biggest smile when your thrashing about to your favorite songs.....nuff said!

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 10:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. hellrat writes:

yes i enjoy my goddamned metal very much, thanks....these fvcking cur dog a$$holes do NOT...that is the fvcking point

ANY weapon with the minimum impact to civilian life SHOULD be used against them

these fvcking zealot drones are pieces of human fvcking sh** that want YOU dead

take yer peaced out sermon elsewhere....this is a goddamned war

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 11:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. hellrat writes:

that benefits YOU, YOUR FAMILY, and the rest of us...got that?

i knew you would... ;)

# Apr 13, 2010 @ 11:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. RTB writes:

Damn Rat...did you just watch full metal jacket or what? LOL
Soulfly....execution style

# Apr 14, 2010 @ 3:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. wilco writes:

they should play megadeth crush em
indeed the hills are the problem
its time they run to the hills

# Apr 14, 2010 @ 7:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. duncan hills writes:

megadeth's good, mustaine's always whining about this kinda stuff!
holy wars, peace sells, sweating bullets, architecture of agression... maybe 'washington is next' not so much...

# Apr 14, 2010 @ 7:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. WOLF7 writes:

And what if the Talibans become metal fans cos of these ops? Then what?

Since Rock'n'Roll is forbidden in those countries, why not just blast Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music? 60mins of guitar feedback should smoke out even the most hardcore terrorist.

...How times change. So the Americans have gone from Wagner (Apocalypse Now) to Metal. If that's called progress, I'm all for it.

I just wonder which bands they're playing?
I know NIN was used for "torture", which is easy to understand as both With Teeth and Year Zero were pretty much... erm, torture.

# Apr 14, 2010 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. jimmy j. writes:

crank up some decide for those towel heads that will f*** them up.

# Apr 14, 2010 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. BLACKENED88 writes:

I've never heard of Decide any good? FAIL!!!!!!

# Apr 14, 2010 @ 6:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. hellrat writes:

nah RT my brother...though good call, i SHOULD watch the 'jacket again

i just don't have the most encompassing for pacifism when it comes to fvcking terrorists

NO fvcking rights or goddamned bleeding heart sympathies...only sheer and utter annihilation, NO FVCKING PRISONERS

# Apr 14, 2010 @ 8:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. hellrat writes:

"encompassing tolerance..."

# Apr 14, 2010 @ 8:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. n0thinghead writes:

wolf7: i'm pretty sure they used 'the downward spiral', or maybe even 'broken'. and as to ur remark about 'with teeth' and 'year zero', i love those albums, along w/ the albums after that, the instrumental multi-disc album, 'ghosts I-IV' and, the last one, 'the slip'. but, my opinion's a lil bias being a HUGE NIN fan lol

# Apr 14, 2010 @ 8:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. WOLF7 writes:

N0thinghead, you know, you're right. I had a listen to both With Teeth and Year Zero yesterday, and they're both ok albums. I don't like With Teeth that much, but it becomes a pretty awesome album from track 7 onwards. Year Zero has a few terrible tracks, but it also picks up nicely towards the end and the last 3 tracks a great.

BUT, I must say that to my ears there are some MAJOR flaws in quality control on both albums. I wonder what Trent was thinking of when he released "Only" (??!) and there are a couple of total stinkers on Year Zero as well.

By the way, I actually like Ghosts and I still need to spend some time on Slip.

I can admit it; I was wrong and you were right.

# Apr 15, 2010 @ 10:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. n0thinghead writes:

wolf7: lmao!! that's great to hear bro. with teeth was him experimenting even more than he did on the fragile, and year zero was just a pretty creative direction, tho maybe the delivering just didn't do it for u. i absolutely LOVE ghosts and listen to it ALL of the time actually. i've even created a playlist of just the nicer-toned piano songs for when i just wanna mellow out lol along w/ "a warm place", some tracks from the fragile, and the still album too, of course. give the slip a chance. it's a lil less futuristic-y than year zero, but definitely a bit better than with teeth tho. personally, i don't even like the instrumentals on the slip, they suck rlly lol but i love alotta the tracks on there, "demon speed", "discipline", "head down" and my personal fav. would have to be between "1,000,000" and "echoplex". lemme know whatcha think.

# Apr 15, 2010 @ 11:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. WOLF7 writes:

n0thinghead, you're a huge NIN fan, am I right?
Mate, I've got a totally pathetic copy of The Slip, I don't even have a track listing for it, so I need to get a better one.
As for Ghosts, I love it.
My current play list for Ghosts:
1,2,3,6,9,10,11,13,15,17,18 on discI and
1,4,6,7,8,9,10,11,14-18 on DiscII.
I'll get back to you on The Slip.

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43. n0thinghead writes:

yeah bro lol of course i do miss the downward spiral and the fragile days tho =\ but hey, the new art is just as good as the old art, it's just that, new. when i listen to the ghosts album, i like to close my eyes and imagine the surroundings/enviroment/scenerio that inspired each track. try it. it's kool. but i wouldn't recommend it high what-so-ever. i was all alone in my room, in bed and in the dark... i phockin' freaked out bro lol

# Apr 19, 2010 @ 6:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Slaein writes:

haha freakin amys, thats pretty awesome. I hope the play warbringer, megadeth or napalm death, thats disprove there sickness! lmao

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45. RTB writes:

^36 LOL.....ya i never heard decide either

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46. satanas writes:

16 & 35 youre the biggest d u m b f u c k s here

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