Media, Cyber-War Paced Up Against Taliban For Taking Over Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban militants stand with residents as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16,2018. Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces hugged and took selfies with each other in restive eastern Afghanistan on June 16, as an unprecedented ceasefire in the war-torn country held for the second day of Eid. 

Western media and some diplomats have launched a cyber-war against Taliban for taking control of Afghanistan.

Anti-Taliban Media entitites, diplomats, and political leaders are reporting fake and fabricated incidents of killings of Afghan people in protests against the Taliban takeover.

For example, Arab News today reported that several people were killed when Taliban militants fired on a crowd in the eastern city of Asadabad, a witness said. Another witness reported gunshots near a rally in Kabul, but they appeared to be Taliban firing into the air. Arab News, however, gave no evidence of deaths or injuries to Afghan people and the story was based on anti-Taliban witnesses.

When the Taliban took over control of Kabul, they announced general amnesty for everyone. The world is also shocked to see that the Taliban have taken control of Kabul without firing a single bullet, however, anti-Taliban groups and media are still making baseless propaganda against the Taliban.

On the day Afghanistan celebrates its independence from British control in 1919, a social media video showed a crowd of men and women in Kabul waving black, red and green national flags. “Our flag, our identity,” they shouted.

Taliban fighters stand on a vehicle along the roadside in Kandahar on August 13, 2021. (Photo by – / AFP)

“We saw the Taliban firing in the air when people in several cars and motorbikes carried the national flag,” Kabul resident Rashiduddin said. “People were dispersed, some with flags, some without flags fled.”

“Any violent response would cost the Taliban losing international legitimacy, and anger at home,” Kabul-based political analyst Taj Mohammad said.

“The world has been watching events very closely and any possible firing in Kabul and elsewhere due to the removal of the Taliban’s flag will be seen as a grave development.”

At some protests elsewhere, media reported people tearing down the white and black flag of the Taliban.

Some demonstrations were small, but combined with the desperate scramble of thousands of people seeking to flee the country they underline the challenge the Taliban face in governing. Protests flared in the city of Jalalabad in Paktia province, also in the east.

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who is trying to rally opposition to the Taliban, said on Twitter: “Salute those who carry the national flag and thus stand for dignity of the nation.”

Ahmad Massoud, leader of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan and the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, a veteran guerrilla leader killed by suspected Al-Qaeda militants in 2001, called for Western support to fight the Taliban.