Friday, February 06, 2009

U.S. troops in Afghanistan use radio to help tune out Taliban

By JIM LANDERS / The Dallas Morning News

COMBAT OUTPOST ZORMAT, Afghanistan – In this badly understaffed post, one of the more successful battle strategies for isolating the Taliban has been what the U.S. Army calls RIAB – Radio in a Box.

Radio Zormat started as a 50-watt FM transmitter – in a box – set up in 2007 inside this base. The station reached people living within a six-mile radius of the town of Zormat.

Now it's a 250-watt transmitter that the Army hopes will reach clear across the Zormat area of operations for the 70 soldiers at this base, a high plains region between two mountain ranges.

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