Hundreds of Afghan army and North Atlantic Treaty Organization soldiers with tanks and heavy armored vehicles
have been deployed in the city.
Some pundits predicted the demise of heavy armored vehicles
after the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
Meanwhile, heavy armored vehicles
are already tearing up the fragile cryptogamic crust that holds the desert soils in place: damage from the 1991 war has loosed new dunes that threaten to smother Kuwait City.
An Arab diplomat and several opposition figures with knowledge of the Saudi efforts have told WSJ that these supplies are likely to tip the battlefield scales, as the rebels will become capable of taking on the government's air power and destroying heavy armored vehicles
. "New stuff is arriving imminently," a Western diplomat with knowledge of the planned weapons deliveries told the American publication.
"The forces have been deployment along 910 kilmeters until the Iraqi borders in the south backed by heavy armored vehicles
and tanks," the paper added.
Heavy armored vehicles
also will require new sources of auxiliary power, so they can operate the myriad of sensors and electronic devices they carry onboard, with the engine turned off.