Another ISAF-Taliban Twitter Tussle over Latest Bombings

On this:

“Twin attacks apparently targeting Shia Muslims have killed at least 58 people in Afghanistan.  In the deadliest incident, a suicide bomb struck a shrine packed with worshippers in the capital, Kabul, killing at least 54 people.  Another blast struck near a Shia mosque the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif at about the same time, killing four.  The attacks appear to be of a sectarian nature unprecedented in recent Afghan history, correspondents say.  They coincided with the Shia Muslim festival of Ashura – the most important day in the Shia calendar and marked with a public holiday in Afghanistan.  Ashura is the climax of Muharram, the month of mourning for the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.  Though tensions exist between Afghanistan’s Sunni and minority Shia Muslims, most attacks in Afghanistan in recent years have targeted government officials or international forces, correspondents say ….”

…. here’s the Taliban’s position, via @ABalkhi at Twitter ….

“Z.Mujahid condemns today’s bombings(Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif) and blames invaders( @ISAFmedia ) for trying to sow dissension amongst afghans”

…. followed by the ISAF Info-Machine’s response, again through @ISAFMedia via Twitter:

“Blame ISAF? Rubbish. GEN Allen: Insurgents are spelling own demise by killing innocents

Fighting the good (info) fight, 140 characters at a time.


Twitter Feed to Watch

In today’s tidal wave of information, including little bits of it at a time via Twitter, I love the Twitter feed of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen here.

I love it because it feels like he’s typing the stuff (typos and all), not having messages crafted and scutinized syllable by syllable before posting.

A few examples:

Posted a new video on my blog from the UN General Assembly. It’s about Afghanistan:

I welcome that the US today have discussed with us how we can develop a missile defence which can include all Allies and protect us all.

I intend to make this the most open, the most inclusive process in NATOhistory – and in the history of any int org

Looking foreward to my trip to Greece and Turkey on Wednesday to Friday. We have many important issues to discuss. Anders