Counter-Terrorism: Finding The Fakes Fabrication Factory


August 8, 2011: Recently, Afghan police found and seized a uniform manufacturing operation outside Kabul. This small factory was producing Afghan and American combat uniforms, including accessories. In Afghanistan, there has been an increasing problem with Islamic terrorists attacking Afghan and NATO troops while dressed in Afghan, or even American, uniforms.

This raised suspicions that these uniforms were not just being obtained from corrupt Afghan troops. This method of obtaining uniforms is much less likely. So the uniforms used by dead Islamic terrorists were carefully examined and it became clear this clothing was not being produced by the usual suppliers. They were custom made by local tailors, and the search was on for those producing this illegal clothing. This led to operation in Kabul. It is believed that there are more, as well as civilian experts able to produce fake government military identification (which helps terrorists get past security checkpoints.)

Producing these illicit goods is lucrative, because the terrorists have cash (from the drug trade and other illegal activities.) But now that the police are looking for this stuff, manufacturers have to take this into account. They may get paid more for their work from now on, to cover the costs of bribing their way out of the Afghan judicial system if they are caught.


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