An interesting piece reported by Al Jazeera English:
I could not believe my eyes. We had arrived to interview Mullah Zaif, the Taliban’s former ambassador to Pakistan who is now under virtual house-arrest on the outskirts of Kabul, when he walked into the room, sat down on the couch and pulled out an iPhone.
Zaif, when asked about the phone, replied, “I’m addicted. the internet is great on this, very fast.” The reporter added, “He proceeded to show myself and our film crew his favorite websites. I half expected him to log on and show us ‘Taliban Twitter’.”
Although the report was amusing, Al Jazeera noted a very serious undertone in the story:
The Taliban and other groups opposed to US military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have been incredibly quick to latch on to new technology and methods of communication. It has enabled them to wage their war in a sophisticated fashion, using not just guns and bombs, but messages and propaganda too.
[Image from Al Jazeera English]