Tweeting Terror? Taliban Joins Twitter

Islamist group enters digital age

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The Taliban is now following you—on Twitter. @alemarahweb is the latest attempt by “the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” to reach its supporters, keep an eye on its critics, and spread its influence beyond the reach of its traditional base and into the modern technological world.

The mobilizing role of Twitter in the "Arab Spring" that is sweeping North Africa and the Middle East was not lost on the Islamist militant group. The Taliban’s new addition to the micro-blogosphere churns out messages in both Pashtu and English, informing readers about recent, arguably trumped up successes, on the battlefield.

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