‘Psyops has negative connotations, like ‘get out the tin foil hat, we’re going to mess with your head’

NATO ‘Psyops’ tackle Taliban in war without weapons

The Taliban effectively use the internet to disseminate footage and photographs of attacks on Coalition troops, and bin Laden made several propaganda videotapes that were aired on global television networks.

Leaflets calling for a holy war against the United States and its allies were also circulated in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

‘Their psyops are very well coordinated and very well financed,’ said [Canadian Forces Captain Thomas] Neil.

The insurgents know the value of such influence operations, even if the range of media at their disposal is restricted.

‘We cannot run TV or radio stations or newspapers because the American forces will destroy them, so internet websites are the only means of conveying our messages and highlight our activities,’ Taliban spokesman Zabeeullah Mujahid said by phone from a secret location.

‘The main aim is to show the world and the Afghan people that we can fight and defeat the foreign troops in Afghanistan,’ he added.

Those Taliban websites are critical to their Strategic Communications campaign. 

I know some people who have ways of annoying the enemy.  Are you up for a little irregular infowar?

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