We should have seen this coming; the war in Afghanistan has moved from the battlefield to the Internet.
RepublicWorld, an Indian news agency, says the Taliban has cut Internet service in Panjshir in an effort to stop the National Resistance from gaining support. It reports the Resistance has been tweeting pictures and videos on the Roshan and Etisalat networks.
“Amidst the ongoing war of nerves with the Taliban, the NRF has shared several videos that feature Afghan youth training hard to battle the insurgents. In addition to updating the count of Talib casualties, it also from time to time, shares pictures and videos of global protests held in honour of the Afghan resistance force.”
Meanwhile, in the latest development, the Taliban have banned music and female voices on television and radio channels in the province of Kandahar, and they’ve also banned co-education in schools.
From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan with an iron fist, setting up ultra-austere rules for residents. The restrictions were particularly stringent for women, who were not allowed to step outside without male relatives, to get educated or even to uncover their faces.
From the other side of the country, TajikistanNews.net reports there are growing conflicts fracturing the Taliban leadership. From the perspective of the National Resistance, this is all to the good, because a divided opponent is a vulnerable opponent.
Many questions remain. Has the National Resistance set up a back-up plan for Internet access? Has the NRF organized a supply line from Tajikistan? Is the NRF considering an attack on the Baghram airbase just outside the area it controls? And finally, what fighting is going on at the entrance to Panjshir?
The fog of war is descending.