Taliban 'joins Twitter'

Islamist extremists begin broadcasting in English language via popular micro-blogging website

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Taliban 'joins Twitter' The Taliban is embracing modern web technologies
By  Daniel Shane Published  May 15, 2011

Islamist extremist group and former government of Afghanistan, the Taliban, has officially joined the popular social networking site Twitter, reports state.

According to Agence France Presse, the militia, which ruled Afghanistan for five years before being deposed in a US-led invasion in 2001, began ‘tweeting' in English via the site on May 12.

Some of the messages posted on the site boast of attacks on coalition forces in the country and contain links to external websites associated with the Taliban.

During the Taliban's administration of the war-torn Middle East territory, many forms of technology were banned for being perceived as un-Islamic.

"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan joined Twitter about six months ago," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told the news agency.

"We did it because we know Twitter is a popular social network in the West, and we want to make our voice heard. They used to hear only one-sided news about us from the invaders, but now they can know the reality."

"We regard modern technology, including the internet, as a blessing of God," he added.

NATO-led forces in Afghanistan used their own official Twitter feed to tweet a response on Saturday: "What's that? Taliban's tweeting in English? Lies are lies no matter the language."

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