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The Taliban insurgency and an analysis of Shabnamah (night letters)

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Johnson, Thomas H.
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2007-09
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Routledge
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The Taliban has recently re-emerged on the Afghan scene with vengeance. Five years after being defeated by a US coalition, the resurgent Taliban, backed by al-Qaeda, are mounting an increasingly virulent insurgency, especially in the east and south, near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The Taliban now represents a significant challenge to the survival of President Hamid Karazi's government. This article assesses the narrative strategy the Taliban has employed to garner support with the Afghan people. Specifically, this paper assesses the narratives of Taliban shabnamah, commonly referred to as 'night letters' in an effort to unravel what the Taliban represents.
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National Security Affairs (NSA)
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Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
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Small Wars and Insurgencies, v.18, no.3, September 2007, pp. 317-344
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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