A Canadian soldier from the 6th Platoon, Bulldog Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment uses his night vision goggles during a patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan June 13, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1E76D1MK801

The Taliban militant group has started using night-vision goggles to conduct attacks in the dark of night, according to officials, a new development that alters the battlefield in its insurgency against Afghan and Western forces.
Early Monday, Taliban militants killed eight Afghan police officers by using the goggles to sneak up on them as they slept in their beds in the village of Pule Regi, located near the Afghan city of Farah.
Afghan officials told The New York Times that this was not the first time the insurgents had used such sophisticated devices but just the latest in a recent spate of assaults using night-vision technology.
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“Night-vision equipment is used in ambushes by the insurgents, and it is very effective,” Major General Dawlat Waziri, the spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, told the newspaper. “You can see your enemy but they cannot …