Interesting article on Kit Up Taleban shopping at Millets? We were fortunate enough to sit in on a brief today with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team staff and other government agencies who gave a âone over the worldâ of the battle space weâre covering here in this section of RC-East. They call it P2K â which stands for Paktia, Paktika and Khost. One of the interesting bits of intel is how the command here is able to distinguish the difference between local insurgents, known here as âanti-Afghan Forces,â or AAF, based on their equipment. The harcore fighters, who come primarily from the training camps and madraasas controlled by Jalaluddin Haqqaniâs son Saraj just over the border in Pakistan, are moving across the border in well organized, platoon-sized groups of 20-40 men and sporting brand new equipment. A high-level BCT source said these guys are wearing new tennis shoes, as opposed to the cheapo rubber sandals of locals, donning full-on chest rigs, packs, newer weapons and sporting high-end, military-style field jackets. US forces here arenât trying to plug the nearly 300 mile border with Pakistan in their AO. Instead theyâre raiding where the bad guys lay up in transit to other battlefields throughout the country, hitting them at mosques and compounds where they rest and refit before moving on. On one raid, US troops killed a bunch of Haqqani fighters and found about 30 high-end sleeping bags at their hide. A source told us these sleeping bags are no-joke mountaineering bags bought for high altitudes and warmth, rather than the chintzy blankets most locals use. Iâm sure these guys canât afford Arcâteryx or Patagonia, but theyâre clearly moving up on the level of supply through their own version of SysCom â which speaks to the fact that theyâre getting the funds to kit up for a fight. Read more: http://kitup.military.com/2010/05/the-hardcore-insurgent-kit.html?wh=wh#ixzz0ntqjOxob Anyone got any experience of interesting finds out there?