September 26, 2008: The U.S. is loaning Poland 40 Cougar MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles for use in Afghanistan. These will enable the 1,900 Polish troops there to conduct patrols and convoys more safely, in the face of increasing Taliban use of roadside bombs. Polish troops will receive 30 Cougars next month, and the rest early in 2009.Mystery solved.
Monday, September 29, 2008
About a week ago, site traffic received an interesting bump. I was suddenly seeing Polish visitors inquiring about MRAPs. I figured that the pattern had something to do with Polish troops and MRAPs but I had no specific clue as to what it was--despite doing a few exploratory searches--until a few days ago: