Never before had I heard about this limitation placed on the internet by the Taliban from 1996 - 2001 (as they declared it "immoral" and "un-Islamic"), and so I certainly never heard about the current-day insurgent's utilization of the internet post-fall of the Taliban regime - although I can recognize how useful of a tool the internet could be for insurgents despite its prior separation from Islam. It also excited me to find this article, because the first time I even learned what insurgents were was through reading Graveyard of the Empires for class.
The article credits the internet to be the "weapon of choice" for many in the Taliban.
It's crazy to think that something as mundane as the internet - something literally used every day by billions of people - is a strategy and weapon. But if you think about it - communication is key in plotting and carrying out plans when intended, as well as key in influencing public opinion. The article made me question: Is it possible that we are too concerned with watching our airports (for example) when we should be directing attention back to where these plans and propaganda strategies are originating? And stopping them before they can even come to fruition?
The article is a bit of a cause for concern, in my opinion... as it doesn't address any of these questions I have! It raises many points, which I can only hope - are taken seriously by someone.
The BBC refers to this internet strategy - to "generate popular support and undermine local governments and their international partners" - as a second front of the war... "