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article imageTaliban, NATO coalition take fight to Twitter after Kabul attack

By Andrew Moran     Sep 14, 2011 in World
Kabul - Following the 20-hour assault between Taliban insurgents and International Security Assistance Force personnel in Kabul, the two sides exchanged words on Twitter. Both the NATO-led forces and the Taliban press office blamed each for the loss of life.
Digital Journal reported Tuesday of the 20-hour assault in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul. Taliban insurgents co-ordinated the attacks on the United States Embassy, NATO-ISAF commandment building and Iran’s Press TV office, which led to 27 deaths, including 11 Taliban fighters.
Following the intense fighting, Taliban and NATO officials took their fight to Twitter where they engaged in peaceful discussion about who was to blame for the deaths, injuries and damages that have occurred in Afghanistan.
The talks first began when the International Security Assistance Force (@ISAFmedia) published military updates on the situation. But when a Taliban spokesperson said something controversial, @ISAFmedia tweeted: “Re: Taliban spox on #Kabul attack: the outcome is inevitable. Question is how much longer will terrorist put innocent Afghans in harm's way?”
The Taliban individual responded back in text form: “@ISAFmedia i dnt knw.u hve bn pttng thm n 'harm's way' fr da pst 10 yrs.Razd whole vllgs n mrkts.n stil hv da nrve to tlk bout 'harm's way'.”
@ISAFmedia Tweeted back with statistics and a website to confirm their information: “Really, @abalkhi? Unama reported 80% of civilians causalities are caused by insurgent (your) activities”
@ABalkhi dismissed the statistics by explaining that the ISAF was established by the United Nations Security Council and that they most likely manipulated the figures. “@ISAFmedia Unama is an entity of whom? mine or yours?”
The exchange ended, but that didn’t stop @ABalkhi from laughing at a CNN report titled “Pentagon: Afghan insurgency 'less effective' this year.” @ABalkhi Tweeted: “lol at the article. theses people just have no shame do they?”
On early Wednesday morning, @ISAFmedia asked @alemarahweb if they were responsible for the Kabul attack. “Hey @alemarahweb, does your boss do this? #Kabulattacks #ISAF #COMISAF.”
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