Our fine U.S. special forces are using heavy metal to fight the Taliban. According to the AFP, the special, "hand-picked" metal play list annoys the Taliban. I must admit I find this hilarious. I'm a pacifist at all costs and I certainly don't believe in torture...but blasting some heavy metal certainly doesn't seem dangerous. Hell, if it pisses off some terrorists and literally sends them for the hills, then great.
The music and messages are blasted from speakers attached to an armored vehicle.
So what sort of bands are the American forces blasting? Just some Metallica, Offspring and Thin Lizzy. Not bad. (The military also blasts verbal threats to the Taliban during the heavy metal parties).
It's not clear if this "metal blast" is an official American military tactic. According to the AFP story, Lieutenant Colonel Brian Christmas (the commander of US Marines in northern Marjah, Afghanistan) didn't know of the music operation and he apparently doesn't like it, saying "It's inappropriate."