July 21, 2009

Fighting Back: Jawa vs Taliban Propaganda Machine Round 10 *sticky* (PWNED!)

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Update: Both websites listed in this post have been removed!

Original post continues below.


Did you know the Taliban are online? Did you know that American corporations provide essential services to the Taliban? Did you also know that you can help fight the Taliban?

The following post documents several of the Taliban's official websites and the companies that illegally facilitate them. It then turns to a popular yet unofficial English language website that is used by Taliban supporters in the US and Canada to spread propaganda produced by the internationally outlawed organization. Finally, we instruct the reader on what they can do to help fight the Taliban online.

Be assured that each website we target goes through a vetting process. We do not choose to fight all websites used by terrorists and their supporters, nor do we discount claims that such sites can serve a useful intelligence function. We, in fact, believe these concerns to be well founded. While we cannot publicly describe the specifics of our target selection process we can state generically that websites such as the ones listed below have little intel value but do a great deal in helping spread enemy propaganda.

Further, we have known about these official Taliban websites for months. In the case of the unofficial website, for years. The targets were not chosen on a whim and have been observed for some time now. It's time for them to go.

Yes, we know that they will probably pop up again in a few weeks, but so what? Kill one terrorist and another will take his place. That fact should not stop us from killing them. Because training a new terrorist takes time and resources and one never knows what this particular terrorist will do in the future. So too with setting up a new website. It takes time. It takes resources. And one never knows the extent to which propaganda will influence the next potential jihadi to become an actual jihadi.

The majority of us cannot kill a member of the Taliban, but you can play a small part in disrupting their propaganda operations.


This is Shahamat.org. It is one of several official websites run by the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" -- what the Taliban called Afghanistan when they were running it and the name they continue to use to make themselves seem like a shadow government. You will notice the Taliban's logo in the middle of the above screen capture. It is the same logo that appears on the Taliban video showing American hostage Bowe Bergdahl.

This particular website is affiliated with Mufti Abu Yasir (مفتي ابو یاسر ), the head of the Taliban's "information wing".

However, evidence found on the website suggests that it was designed and is administered by Taliban webmaster Adil Watanmal, from Pakistan.

Unlike previous Taliban websites, this one features a "private area". It's almost as if the Taliban had something to hide. I wonder what that could be?

Who is hosting the Taliban? = Canadianwebhosting.com, but the information is physically being hosted by Peer 1 Network on the second floor of 75 Broad Street in New York, NY. That's right, the Taliban are being facilitated within spitting distance of Ground Zero.

In all likelihood the Canadian internet service which sold the space and is providing DNS service to the Taliban, nor the American company which is hosting it for them knows that they are facilitating and internationally recognized terrorist organization. These type of internet webhosting accounts are usually automated. But you'd think that it would not be too difficult to take a second look at websites registered from Karachi, Pakistan?

Bonus: email the Taliban (REALLY). Say whatever you want. Give them a piece of your mind. I really don't care what you say to them. No words could ever be as vile as their deeds.



This is www.alemarah1.org/, "The Voice of Jihad", the oldest of the Taliban's official websites. We've battled this one so many times -- and won -- that I've literally stopped counting. Adil Watanmal also once used the website to spread a computer virus. Sorry Adil, it didn't work.

The website is affiliated with two Taliban spokesmen, Zabihullah Mujahid and Qari Youssef Muhammad Ahmadi.

The website's registration info is masked by the Dutch company PrivacyPost, used most often by pornographers. But we know who is behind the website, the Taliban. There is no covering it up. They say so right on the front page of the website.

And if you don't believe me, just check out the banner flying at the English link.


The same DNS and webhost service are being used by this website as the one formerly mentioned. Contact info is below.

Complaint contact info:
Registrar: Amray.net (Winnipeg, Canada)
Amray Abuse: http://www.amrayhosting.com/mail/mform.php
DNS: canadianwebhosting.com
Host: Peer 1 Network
AbusePhone: 1-604-484-2588
AbuseEmail: abuse@peer1.net

Update II by Howie: I've used our prior posts on Taliban websites to collect up the various US laws, executive orders and UN sanctions and designations that will give your complaint a basis to stand upon. You can take the letter word for word or you can use the information below the fold to construct your own.

The main thing is that we all write as many polite business like complaints as possible. If that doesn't work well I have a few more tricks up my sleeve that I save for the stubborn ones. But please take the time to write your complaint. Rusty and I can sometimes get these things ourselves, but the volume of complaints can be critical.

Your emails are the most important factor if we are to be successful in this effort.

We've more Taliban websites to get to shortly, so get busy ;)

Update III by Howie: You can stop emailing for now because.....

http://www.shahamat.org/ and www.alemarah1.org/ are DOWN BABY!


Like I said, we've more targets saved up and the go ahead to take em down. Great job everyone. More to come.

Dear Sir/Madame,

You are violating United States and International law by providing business services to "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan", better know as the Taliban.

The Taliban were declared specially designated terrorist entity by President Bush under executive order 13224, see here via Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control.

The Executive order recognizes the designation of the Taliban as terrorists by the UN resolution 1267 and directs the Dept of Treasury and State to treat them as such.

You can find more security council resolutions about the Taliban here on that mysterious thingy called Google.

Providing business services, even free ones, to the Taliban violates the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Each IEEPA violation of carries a fine of up to $250,000.

The following U.N. Security Council Resolutions prohibit any individual or company from doing any business with the Taliban: 1267 (1999), 1333 (2000), 1390 (2002), 1455 (2003), 1526 (2004), 1617 (2005), 1735 (2006) and 1822 (2008). Specifically, the resolutions order member countries to "freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources, including funds derived from property owned or controlled directly or indirectly" of the Taliban. The Netherlands and Malaysia also have domestic laws implementing the above UN Resolutions.

Please archive all data relevant to the site, report that data to the proper authorities and remove the sites ASAP.

Thanks for your prompt attention to this matter.

UPDATE by Rusty: Sorry about my absence yesterday in the midst of the fight. I actually wrote most of the post and then looked at the clock and realized I had to be up early in the morning. So if the post seems a little .... disconnected? ... that's because it wasn't finished when I gave up. But I wanted to get the info out there so I asked my friends here at the Jawa to post it anyway in my absence.

Thanks to Vinnie and Howie for keeping vigilant and for all your many emails and complaints to service providers!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:59 PM | Comments |