Over the past couple of weeks there has been much discussion online of the Taliban’s Youtube channel: Istiqlalmedia. The greatest amount of content on that site is, arguably, that generated by a mass of mostly hostile comments by YouTube users who in many cases would like to see the channel deleted. Right now, by any stretch, it is an utterly harmless channel that features a single video about reconstruction and love for Afghanistan. A far more prolific (allegedly/apparently) Taliban YouTube channel is that of The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, featuring much more of the kind of content that the YouTube users commenting above seem to have missed. The featured video on the latter channel is “US Base Annihilated in Afghanistan by the Taliban Mujahideen Oct. 2009,” shown below. I have tried repeatedly to post questions there, and far from getting an answer, the questions themselves are not being allowed to appear, while newer comments appear. My questions were simple ones: What is the exact date of the attack? Where did it occur? I was very suspicious of the fact that nowhere is there any other source that mentions the attack.
When you look more closely at this video, consider this:
- Is the truck shown at the start, which supposedly contains the mega-bomb that destroys the base, the same as the one that later appears in the video, moving slowly through the village next to the base?
- Is that a U.S. base? If so, how can one tell?
- And seeing that the U.S. has at least on one occasion sent in jet fighters to bomb a base that had been vacated, could the explosion in fact be the result of a bomb dropped by a U.S. plane, and edited to produce the suggestion that it was a result of the supposed truck bomb? Maybe explosives experts or members of the U.S. Air Force who can recognize their own handiwork might have some insight.
- Also, would a hovering U.S. helicopter allow an unknown truck to approach a base during a seemingly intense firefight, without firing on it?