Friday, May 13, 2011

Does this mean the Taliban have sold out?

The Guardian reports that Alemarah Web, the official website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, now has its very own Twitter feed. There were 224 followers when the article was published, but it now seems to be up to 652. The majority of tweets are in Pashto, but there are some occasional updates in English such as "11 US-NATO invaders killed, 11 wounded in clash amid 'Operation Badar'". 

Almost more interesting than the feed itself is the group of feeds that it's following. These include @Kavkazcenter, the media arm of the North Caucasus insurgency, as well as less expected feeds such as an Afghan children's charity and a U.S. Air Force logistics officer. 

It's not quite clear from the feed or the Guardian story who is actually writing the feed and what connection they have to the Taliban's operational commanders. Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin's wonders whether the account will "be able to get that little blue 'Verified' account badge."

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