Taliban propaganda changes after signing a peace agreement with the United States
Written by Shikib Ahmad Nazari
Being forbidden advertising to changing methods of Psychological operations:
The first decade after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan (2000-2009) was when Taliban fighters stationed at checkpoints belonging to their group in Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Zabul, Helmand, Paktia and Paktika provinces. They were punished on the pretext of having a mobile phone. At first, Taliban fighters searched people’s mobile phones to find out what kind of information they were carrying, and then beat them for carrying mobile phones without any criminal record. Taking pictures, watching TV, listening to audio tapes, using social media, and having smartphones were considered haram in areas controlled by the Taliban, and were banned by the group, but over time the group gained media power. The public and society realized this and chose it as their propaganda tool. Until the Taliban group’s Web site and even Facebook’s users “facebook-Chlonkis (a common word in Afghanistan that users are working for a identify persons aim)” began operating in the online intelligence environment, they reflected on how they fought the war using a variety of advertising tools.
Strategic change in Taliban propaganda methods after signing the agreement:
Following the signing of a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban on February 29, 2020, delegates from nearly 40 countries attended the event in Doha, where the group unveiled unprecedented differences in its advertising cycle to local, national and international audiences. Prior to the signing of the agreement, all of the Taliban’s propaganda smelled of war and the audience felt that the Taliban were the most vicious terrorist group and would never reconcile. Instead of trying hard and creating a terrifying advertising space, they changed the cover of events to make them appear oppressed, and the group still covers such cases.
As in my previous post entitled “The darkest dormant enemy and methods of using human shields on battlefields,” I discussed the group’s advertisement methods, promotional tools, and production cycle. According to the Taliban’s propaganda methods, the group has resorted to soft warfare in the same way as before, and has been promoting its propaganda on social media with a calm approach. The signing of the peace agreement has increased.
What are the Taliban’s propagandists doing?
The Taliban spokesmen (Zabihullah Mujahid and Qari Yusuf Ahmadi) and their propagandists include: Tariq Ghazniwal, Bilal Karimi, Hamza Omari, Khalid bin Al-Waleed, Asad Afghan, Ibn Mubarak Ahmadzai, Mansour Haqqani, Talha Niazi, Badr Mansour and others. In addition, all of their propaganda messages cover most of the government’s attacks on civilians, military training of the group’s fighters, the group’s peace negotiating team, the release of prisoners from government custody, and critical articles and comments about the government. Afghanistan, Taliban Leadership Interviews with National and International Public Media, Shari Radio Audio.
The group’s promotional cycle after the signing of the agreement is more conservative, with all their advertisements on social media focused on complying with the terms of the agreement, and the group’s advertisements have so far been based on the terms of the agreement So that their misguided actions do not violate the agreement. However, contrary to popular belief, the group’s fighters have so far opposed the signing of the agreement and have repeatedly violated the agreement in areas under their control. The Taliban carried out 2,216 attacks in 47 days, leaving 202 dead and wounded, April 13, 2020 Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission report. On the other hand, Office of the National Security Council Spokesperson wrote on his official Twitter page on April 12, 2020 that in past week, the Taliban had killed 30 civilians in nine provinces and wounded several others, in clear violation of the agreement. Demonstrates peace with the United States. However, even some branches of the Taliban-led group led by Mullah Rasool (a branch that split after the death of former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar) oppose the Cologne agreement. They said they would not abide by the agreement.
The expansion of the group’s propaganda cycle further misleads the audience as to whether they want to end the violence and bring peace to Afghans, and whether they will respect or oppose this view. But a small number are optimistic that the group will stop killing civilians and respect the peace process, although the Afghan government has sent at least 300 prisoners to the group since April 8, 2020 for goodwill. Releasing it, however, will leave the Taliban in peace unanswered. On the other hand, the Taliban’s activity has caused journalists and public and social media activists to be skeptical of the accuracy and precision of the published issues of the Taliban and to be unaware of its coverage, because the published issues are mostly black advertising genre and more Users have come to realize that the group has consistently used the news as a tool of war in their favor.