Taliban fighters have proven time and time again that they'll do just about anything to defend their worldview and to infiltrate and defeat U.S. forces. In addition to adhering to violent principles, events this week show that Taliban fighters are also willing to dress in drag in order to accomplish these goals.
On Wednesday, local police in the Mehter Lam, Laghman province in Afghanistan arrested seven "Taliban transvestites." The men, who were fully decked out in women's clothing, were apparently hoping to gain access to coalition fighters. They were wearing colorful clothing and their beards were still fully noticeable, creating quite a spectacle.
"The disguises show how militants are using increasingly desperate tactics in the war, including the use of children as lookouts and suicide bombers," reports News.com.au.
With tensions inside of Afghanistan heating up over the past few months, U.S. military leaders announced plans earlier this week to address security concerns and to ensure the safety of all troops. The situation in the nation has been particularly sensitive since U.S. forces inadvertently burned Korans on an air force base and U.S. Army Staff Sgt Robert Bales allegedly murdered 17 Afghans.
Marine General John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has issued new directives to ensure the safety of American troops at all times. Incidents like this one showcase the necessity to be diligent and careful when dealing with potential inside threats.
"We have taken steps necessary on our side to protect ourselves with respect to, in fact, sleeping arrangements, internal defences associated with those small bases in which we operate," Allen explained at a briefing earlier this week, going on to say that someone is "always over-watching our forces."
This story has been updated.
(H/T: Gateway Pundit)