Thursday, November 12, 2009

Military battles are not the only Taleban victories

There was a very good article in the Times this morning investigating how the Taleban was winning the propoganda war in Afghanistan.

since 2006, the Taleban have been harnessing that same despised technology in an escalating campaign of propaganda against which Nato appears to have no effective answer.

As well as the obvious methods of the internet

the Taleban produce magazines, dozens of DVDs of attacks and hundreds of different Taleban song cassettes — mournful chants promoting Taleban heroes and martyrs. There are even downloadable Taleban mobile phone ringtones. On the ground in southern Afghanistan, Taleban fighters leave “night letters” in villages and wandering preachers propagate the Taleban message.

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