With the term originating in the 1990’s during the United States occupation of Somalia for local fighters paid with “Technical assistance grants” to protect personnel, “Technicals” has expanded to just about any truck full of armed personnel.
Technicals, a ubiquitous sight in middle eastern countries, are typically described as armed pick up trucks, sporting anything from recoiless rifles to machine guns. Many hi-speed-lo-drag operator types argue that these vehicles are the best way to operate in urban environments, as many vehicles can be armored subtly to keep a “gray man” dynamic, and can operate both on and offroad.
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Watcher on the wall.
An U.S. Special Forces soldier, attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, scans a valley from a rooftop during an operation in the Nejrab district, Kapisa province, Afghanistan. USSF assisted Afghan National Army special forces and commandos on an operation to disrupt insurgent freedom of maneuver in the area.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez, 27 MAY 2014.)