Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Taliban Interdiction of Cell Phone Service in Afghanistan

According to a recent news article the Taliban are using modern methods to aid their insurgency. Every evening much of the cellphone service within Afghanistan disappears. The Taliban have successfully pressured the Afghan cell phone companies to turn off the cell phone signals at night. This accomplishes many objectives for the Taliban. It shows the Afghan public that the Taliban can still influence Afghan society and depicts the Afghan government and security forces as unable to fix the security situation and provide basic services. If a cellphone company does not turn off its tower at night then the Taliban will bomb or burn the cell tower down and it will cost the phone company about $225,000 to repair. 

Read more in "Taliban Using Modern Means to Add to Sway", The New York Times, October 4, 2011.  Click here to read more news about the war in Afghanistan.

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