PESHAWAR: War is horrific and impersonal; unless it’s being waged on a website that features blue birds.
The Taliban and Isaf take on each other not just in the forbidding, treacherous terrain of eastern and southern Afghanistan, they attack, taunt and take jibes at each other, in 140 characters or less, on popular microblogging site, Twitter.
A series of exchanges between @ISAFmedia, the force’s official account, and @ABalkhi, the account for a user named Abdulqahar Balkhi purportedly associated with the Taliban, reveals another face of the war in Afghanistan.
ABalkhi: Nooristan: ISAF raid homes in at 01:00 am in Kamdish district’s Kamo village, search homes, martyr 6 innocent civilians (shot dead) b4 leaving.
ISAFmedia: Another false report.
ISAFmedia: In the Game of Tweets, you win or you ... become @ABalkhi I guess
ABalkhi: Thats why they picked you for this job. If I wasn’t here, you wouldn’t have a job.
ABalkhi: Article CSM [Christian Science Monitor]: 1000s Afghan mercenaries hired by CIA in Afghanistan. Commit outright human rights abuses (rape, robery, extra judicial killing etc).
ISAFmedia: We don’t hire mercs to commit murder/rape/torture. OTOH ... that seems to be a core competency among Taliban
ABalkhi: Your officials admitted to it dumb dumb. And how can you talk about Taliban when u cut fingers etc and use them as trophies
ISAFmedia: Dumb dumb? How the dialogue elevates. Look: Nobody takes you seriously. Everything you type is wrong. Just. Stop.
ABalkhi: Breaking: ISAF helicopter shot down in Ghazni’s Qarabagh district last night during raid. 13 killed according to witnesses. Area cordoned off
ISAFmedia: Nope again. No ISAF helo shot down last night. Nice try.
ABalkhi: Why are you capturing civilians? Afghan Officials Say They Captured Taliban Spokesman [LINK]
ISAFmedia: Story you linked states he was official Taliban spokesman. Taliban = hardly a civilian.
ISAFmedia: IJC: Taliban has not been successful. Badr offensive failed. Not taken single objective they said they would
ABalkhi: OK so takng out of key puppt leaders, kndhar prsn break, expndng reach to nrth, trgetng enmy bses n centrs n Kabul no achievmnts?
ISAFmedia: IJC: Over winter, we’ll remain on offensive and drive home our initiative. ANA will lead even more as they develop capabilities
ABalkhi: Why not over summer????
ISAFmedia: GEN Allen 2 insurgents: now is time, join AFG future ... otherwise we will fight you. We’re looking at you @abalkhi
ABalkhi: We have joined Afghan future but unfortunately you do not fit in that picture
ISAFmedia: Re: Taliban spox on #Kabul attack: the outcome is inevitable. Question is how much longer will terrorist put innocent Afghans in harm’s way?
ABalkhi: I dnt knw.u hve bn pttng thm n ‘harm’s way’ fr da pst 10 yrs.Razd whole vllgs n mrkts.n stil hv da nrve to tlk bout ‘harm’s way.
ISAFmedia: 400+ Afghan National Security Forces patrol Lashkar Gah with no assistance from coalition forces to eliminate insurgents
ABalkhi: If 4000+ ‘coalition’ forces could not stop Mujahideen in Lashakrgah, 400+ of their puppets wont last for long… edited by gulraiz khan
Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2011.