The International Security Forces-Afghanistan have got “no reports, no intel, nothing” on Patrick Mercer’s claims of the Taliban’s HIV Bombs

I wrote last week on Patrick Mercer’s bizarre claims that the Taliban were using HIV infected needles as booby traps and shrapnel for their improvised explosive devices.

Many other bloggers Septicisle, MacGuffin and Richard Bartholomew covered this story to (all recommended reading).

The Rumour Doctor dug a little deeper than I was able and discussed Marcer’s source with him.

“This is not a weapon as such,” Mercer said in a phone interview. “These are needles and razor blades which are put in position around probably dummy improvised explosive devices, so that anybody trying to lift one of these is likely to be scratched or cut.”

Mercer said he learned about these devices from British bomb disposal technicians training ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan. The technicians have been issued Kevlar gloves to counter the threat.

He could not say for certain whether the Taliban have used these devices.

“That wasn’t a question I asked directly, but I got the impression that these are certainly being employed by the Taliban, al-Qaida, etc.,” he said. “I’m not aware of any injuries that have been caused by it so far.” [Emphasis mine]

So unfounded was Mercer’s claim that the International Security Forces-Afghanistan had no idea “no reports, no intel, nothing” on Mercer’s alleged HIV bombs.

I remain highly sceptical on the likelihood of these existing. However, I am utterly convinced of the malfeasance of Patrick Mercer.

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4 thoughts on “The International Security Forces-Afghanistan have got “no reports, no intel, nothing” on Patrick Mercer’s claims of the Taliban’s HIV Bombs

  1. If by “vile little man” you imply morally reprehensible worthless and wretched then we are in accord.

    Patrick Mercer said. “I don’t care who you work for, whether it is a milkman or the Prime Minister, you have to be loyal to your boss”

    Well, it would seem his perceivably betrayed boss Cameron got the measure of Mercer and marched him off to the backbench, hopefully, any official positions in the government will
    fortunately and continually pass him by.

    I think it better for the nation if he just buggered off to write more fictional books allowing Newark to have proper representation and stop wasting taxpayers’ money which he satirically called, precious, having claimed regardless of his other incomes 2,800 for food and unsuccessfully for mobile phone bill.

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