Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hey! Guys, look, Mostafa has sent another Tweet!

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, they eschewed most modern technology, including television and music players. But in the latest sign of the hardline movement's rapprochement with at least some areas of the modern world, the Taliban have embraced microblogging. Their Twitter feed, @alemarahweb , pumps out several messages a day.

This is rather novel and modern for the Taliban, with short snappy messages of up to 140 characters on Twitter. There is the more traditional website for the Taliban written in English, Pashto, Arabic, Urdu and Farsi. This website is called the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and carries the sub heading of the Voice of Jihad.
Its interesting how the Taliban now think of themselves as Mujahideen in some of their posts on this site. Espcially when it was elements of the Mujahideen in the guise of the Northern Alliance that helped the Co-alition forces kick the Taliban out of power in Afghanistan in 2001.

Mujahideen is a generic term meaning "soldier of Islam" or something like that. Its very likely that many of the soldiers in the so called "puppet" ANA were themselves Mujahideen in the Northern Alliance.

The Mujahideen played the "good guys" in a number of action films teaming up with both James Bond and John Rambo. I think that the Taliban must have missed these films during their denial phase of modern technology.

Nice to read that you remember your history John. That is a good comment on the ever changing political scene in Afghanistan.

There are many tribal disputes in Afghanistan, with loose coalitions being formed until members fall out over something and join another group. The Warlords continue in their fight against the infidels but have their own turf to protect against other tribal groups. A very vibrant political scene with the flavour of the month often being killed and replaced by the next promising upstart.
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