Analysis Examining the Hezb-i-Islami (Gulbudin Hekmatyar) website Daily Shahadt
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"The following analysis examines how Hekmatyar has reinvigorated his once dormant Hezb-i-Islami cadres into a significant political movement and how this movement differs from the Taliban. By studying Hezb-i-Islami's website, Daily Shahadat, over a five day period, the strategies and message campaign deployed by HIK is noticeably different from those presented by the Taliban and their affiliates. Identifying and understanding these differences is important in deciphering various strata's of the Afghan insurgency and moves beyond lumping anti-government factions under the umbrella terms such as 'the Taliban.' Unlike other media sources related to insurgency, the Hezb-i-Islami Gulbudin Hekmatyar (HIG) newspaper website, Daily Shahadat, which means martyrdom, is designed to target audiences from all backgrounds and age groups. The website is divided into different sections which include adolescents, children, editorials, poetry and literature, articles, books, magazines, and useful links. Shahadat conveys various HIG social and political messages while publishing up-to-date news on domestic and international issues, particularly regarding topics related to the Muslim community around the world. This daily updated newspaper website mainly focuses on military operations in Afghanistan, events related to Palestinians, and conflicts in other Muslim countries. It is colored green, which portrays their party's flag color."
This article was published in Culture and Conflict Review (Summer 2010), v.4 no.2
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