Taliban on your iPhone: insurgent group’s media man now available to reach on Viber, WhatsApp & WeChat apps

Posted: August 28, 2014 in Daily incidents

Mustafa Kazemi

In a moving and attentive action, the Taliban insurgent group in Afghanistan announced that they have joined three top mobile texting applications: Viber, WhatsApp, and WeChat.

Taliban spokesman in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid sent an email statement to a handful of journalists, announcing that he has joined Viber, WhatsApp, and WeChat mobile messengers and that the journalists can now interact with him over these platforms.

Taliban media wing have previously engaged in social media activities over Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail and running a large sized website that publishes their propaganda videos, statements, and daily briefings.

The spokesperson provided the Afghan cell number 0093-703-944-565 for journalists to add him on Viber, WhatsApp, and WeChat messengers.

The need to Interact and connect with Afghanistan’s most notorious terrorist group is to quote their side of the stories whenever their insurgents attack a government facility or security forces in Afghanistan.

Taliban have two spokespersons in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid and Qari Yosuf Ahmadi. The latter is less active on social media since two years. Back then he was Taliban’s senior spokesperson.

Intelligence agencies of the government of Afghanistan have not yet commented on this, but in the past they have told the media on multiple occasions that they have tried to trace and track the phone numbers that the Taliban use to communicate with the media inside and outside Afghanistan.

It is now changed into a fashion for the Taliban and other terrorist groups to take responsibility of a security incident or an attack against afghan government forces – discard the old SIM card – and buy a new one.

Intelligence agencies have said that one of the problems that they face while trying to identify these individual or triangulate on their locations is because their SIM cards are not registered under any individual and are purchased at price of as low as $2 (INR 100) per SIM card from the black markets around Afghanistan.


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