A video showing young Afghan children bearing firearms was published on YouTube in late December. Our Observer in Kabul says this is a perfect example of Taliban propaganda.
According to the US nonprofit organisation SITE
, which tracks terrorist activity on the Internet, the video was posted online by the pro-Jihad channel Katawaz Studio. SITE says the footage was shot in the border province of Paktika, in eastern Afghanistan. This region, at the Pakistani border, is home to the Haqqani network, one of the Taliban’s most active armed branches. In 2011, the group claimed responsibility for several deadly terrorist attacks
on Afghan soil.
Approximately 132,000 NATO soldiers, 100,000 of whom are American, have been deployed in Paktika since a US-led coalition toppled the Taliban government in 2001. Last month, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta addressed US troops at a forward operating base in Paktika province, claiming the international coalition was "winning this very tough conflict" against the Taliban.
Source : Site Intelligence Group.