A Daesh radio broadcast in Afghanistan is worrying local officials

Published December 21st, 2015 - 09:56 GMT
The Taliban have expressed doubts that it will help boost recruitment for their rival extremist group. (Twitter)
The Taliban have expressed doubts that it will help boost recruitment for their rival extremist group. (Twitter)

Last week, Afghan officials discovered a Daesh radio station broadcasting recruitment messages and anti-Government rhetoric in the Nangarhar province. The latest addition to the group’s propaganda machine—named “Voice of the Caliphate” and delivered in the Pashto language—is worrying local politicians and some residents.

Haji Ghalib, governor of Achin district, expressed his concern that Daesh was gaining support in the region. He told Al Jazeera that the “ISIL militants in Afghanistan are growing stronger and this radio channel is helping them recruit fighters which will make them even stronger.”

He added that officials were attempting to track it and shut it down, however there are reports that the technology being used by the militants is making the broadcasts difficult to trace.

One Jalalabad resident told Al Jazeera that “what they say is not wrong” on the radio channel, and that “their listeners are increasing every day.”

Another resident, however, noted that they only preach hatred, and young people may easily be influenced by their words.

One group which appears unphased by the latest development in Afghanistan’s bitter political situation is the Taliban. The two groups have engaged in heavy fighting throughout the year, with many members of the Taliban defecting to join Daesh. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Al Jazeera that “the radio channel has a very limited audience, just a one-hour programme cannot get people to join ISIL,” and that it will die out soon.

 

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