Author Archives: Tony Prudori

What are the Taliban telling us about Kandahar?

Over the past several weeks, the Taliban’s info-machine has been busy sharing in detail what they want us to see happening in Kandahar. Here are the longer pieces that have been posted to the Voice of Jihad English-language site since Oct. 27: “The Americans can no longer conceal their defeat in the Kandahar Operations” [screen […]

Taliban back to old talks message, and trying to appease Afghan north?

What a difference a few days make. This week, we saw the Taliban’s official web page post a statement saying “the U.S. needs to guarantee a withdrawal deadline in writing before we’ll consider talking.” Now, the official Voice of Jihad English-language site has a different, but far more familiar message [Voice of Jihad statement here, […]

Taliban want US withdrawal deadline in writing

With the formation of the High Council for Peace in Afghanistan, there have been calls for the US to show some good faith to move the reconciliation process forward. Some call for releasing more detainees from Guantanamo, while others suggest more bad guys may be removed from the UN’s Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee […]

On civilian casualties, Taliban try to look like victims

Two recent reports show that Afghanistan’s insurgents are responsible for most civilian casualties (CIVCAS) in the country so far this year. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission’s (AIHRC) Aug. 8 report, “Report on Civilian Casualities, January 1-July 31, 2010” [PDF], states that 68 percent of Afghan CIVCAS were caused by insurgent activity. Similarly, the United […]

Taliban diss Time Magazine cover

A recent cover photo on Time Magazine has stirred some debate in journalistic circles. Is it a harsh truth that needs to be told, or is it sensationalism for the sake of selling magazines? It took a while, but the Taliban have also chimed in – they don’t like the cover: Time magazine has recently […]

Taliban: Dutch withdrawal makes it easier for others to go

Shortly after the Netherlands started pulling its troops out of Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan, a Dutch media outlet published a story [Google English translation here] quoting a Taliban spokesperson offering the Dutch government and people “heartfelt congratulations on their courage in making this independent decision”. There’s even some concern that other allies, such as Canada, […]

Taliban sites hacked: Who is the ‘Voice of Truth’?

Earlier this week,’s Danger Room aired a story about the supposed hacking of a Taliban website. The blog post let us know that the Taliban’s web pages were not just down, but possibly hacked, based on a posting to a jihadi forum telling people not to click on any of the links on the […]

Taliban attempt to justify violence against Afghan peace jirga

There are reports of attacks on the consultative jirga being held in Afghanistan starting today (more on that in initial reports from AFP, AP, Reuters, Canada’s CanWest news service, Germany’s DPA wire service and the BBC). There have also been recent media reports of targeted assassinations of pro-jirga elders. In the Taliban’s latest statement (on […]