Meanwhile the Taliban (or Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as they call themselves) are crystal clear as to their desired end-state: foreigners out and a government under Islamic law. Despite the fact that much of their media output is highly inaccurate – their website this morning claimed that they had killed "several dozen foreign invaders and local puppets" – the Taliban are always first off the mark after every incident. This has long been a source of huge frustration to senior officers, but a problem that Nato's media operations bureaucracy seems incapable of putting right.I am sort of charmed by the Yelpification of propaganda; like, NATO is still buying quarter-page ads in the dying local paper, while the Taliban are writing Amazon user reviews. SPOILER ALERT: we lose.
-Frank Ledwidge in the Guardian