Taliban attempts to soften its poor image with social media

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The Taliban hardly has a strong track record when it comes to winning hearts and minds. The militants often attempted to exploit the notorious corruption and incompetence of Afghanistan’s now-defunct central government in a sometimes successful bid to boost their own popularity. Nonetheless, many Afghans remember all too well the brutality and cruelty with which the Taliban governed the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the 1990s, a reputation embodied by the militants’ religious police, the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. Unlike three decades ago, the Taliba…

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