The enemy in Afghanistan has discovered YouTube.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria briefly reported on the Taliban's foray into new media during his show on Sunday. The group that's fighting to restore radical Sharia law and to retake Afghanistan recently posted two videos to it's YouTube account, Istqlalmedia.
According to Zakaria, one of the videos was a "disturbing clip" that showed "hideous scenes of death and destruction set to music." The clip has since been disabled and removed from the site.
The remaining video is propaganda set to Pashtun-language music.
Zakaria also pointed to the group's English-language propaganda web site and reported that it was hosted by servers in Portland, Oregon. According to a detailed correction submitted by a HuffPost reader, Zakaria was wrong. The Taliban's English-language web site was actually hosted on servers owned by a company based in Houston, Texas, according to the reader.
The Washington Post reported on this phenomenon in April 2009:
Militants' use of U.S. Web hosts has sparked occasional spats between the United States and its allies, as well as endless debates over whether it is better to shut down the web sites when they're discovered or to let them continue to operate. By allowing them to remain online, intelligence analysts can sometimes discover clues about the leadership and structure of terrorist groups, some analysts say.
"Even the Taliban cannot survive without the products of the modern world," noted Zakaria.
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