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The Jihad propagandaWritten by Killid
Saturday, 26 February 2011 11:46
The Taliban are fueling local grievances against the Afghan Government and its foreign allies and are also garnering extensive political support particularly in the rural Pashtun areas through a sophisticated propaganda system, experts say. Purported Taliban spokesmen are on top of unfolding news and information in the country and promptly comment on almost every security and political incident. The government, lags far behind the Taliban in dispersing and influencing information. The Taliban run mobile radio stations, maintain user-friendly websites in several languages, circulate press releases, produce and distribute video clips and impart information and propaganda even through the social networking websites such as Facebook.
Florian Broschk, a writer with the Kabul-based Afghan Analysts Network (AAN), has found a rare Taliban propaganda video in Dari language in which in a Salafi-influenced narrative "Believers" are invited for Jihad against the alleged rampant corruption of the government in Kabul.
Broschk writes, although it is often stated that the Taliban insurgency is not primarily ideologically motivated, there can be little doubt that the insurgents are generally able to instill a deep sense of meaning in their supporters, aspirants and fighters. They make a 'case for jihad', Broschk argues in a paper titled "Inciting the Believers to Fight".
In a late 2009 video sermon in Dari, the producers express their allegiance to the Taliban's self-proclaimed Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and to Mullah Mohammad Omar as their supreme leader. An AAN blog article on the video adds that "the sermon-video features a masked Maulawi called Abdul Basit who, in the meantime, was announced killed in a jihadi online forum. He develops a narrative of corruption (fass?d) - in its two dimensions fass?d-e ed?ri (administrative corruption) and fass?d-e akhl?q? (moral corruption) -, occupation (eshgh?l) and oppression (zolm) and their interconnections, citing (and underscoring with photo footage of Western military atrocities". This trend, argues the presenter in the video, symbolizes an everlasting battle against the "unbelievers" and that God has ordered the "believers" to wage war against the crusaders. Corruption is a fundamental sin which excludes its perpetrators from the general Quranic prohibition on killing, according to the presenter and thus rebellion against a corrupt ruler is justified. This narrative is in line with the militant-jihadist concept of Takfir (declaring someone as being unbeliever).
The government and its Western supporters narrative does not convince the true believers and is counterproductive, the video-presenter states.