Key Taliban Accounts Active On Micro-Blogging Site Twitter
No. 4993 - October 9, 2012
In recent years Taliban militants have been using the micro-blogging service Twitter to spread their message against the U.S. Following are some of the key Taliban accounts active on Twitter. Some Twitter accounts established in the names of Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri are not listed here, as they do not appear to be authentic.
This is the official Twitter account of Zabihullah Mujahid, one of the two main spokesmen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban's shadow government). It has 197 followers as of September 19, 2012.
This Twitter handle belongs to Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, who is, along with Zabiullah Mujahid, one of the two leading spokesmen of the Islamic Emirate.
This is the official account of Al-Somood, the Arabic-language website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. It has 1,156 followers on Twitter.
This account belongs to Abdullah Wazir, who describes himself as the "authorized correspondent" of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Numerous Taliban publications are released via this Twitter account.
This is perhaps the most active Twitter account of the Islamic Emirate. In recent years, it has actively engaged in direct debate with NATO officials via Twitter. It actively follows Western media groups, and issues rebuttals. Of all the Taliban accounts, it has seemingly the second greatest number of followers, at 5,622 as of September 19, 2012.
Maintained by Mostafa Ahmedi, this account is one of the official Twitter accounts of the Islamic Emirate. It posts numerous messages and links to Taliban statements and publications. It has posted 5,043 tweets and is followed by 6,682 Twitter accounts as of September 19, 2012.
This is an account maintained by an individual who goes by the name of Tariq Ghazniwal. He is supposed to be representing the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the Ghazni province. It posts Taliban statements in English and Pashtu.
This Twitter handle belongs to a Taliban-linked individual based in Kabul. It links to various Taliban websites and follows numerous Twitter accounts. It is followed by at least 134 others.
This account belongs to someone who is dedicated to publishing news related to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. It posts all activities of the Taliban in Afghanistan.