Pro-Taliban Urdu Daily: 'Mujahideen Are Successfully Using Commercial Drones For War Objectives' Against America And Allies In Afghanistan

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March 15, 2021

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The mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) have started using commercial drones against the United States and allies in the country, according to an Urdu-language daily.


A screenshot of the Urdu daily's report

Roznama Ummat, the pro-Taliban Urdu daily, said in a report: "Mujahideen are successfully using commercial drones for war objectives. Drones laced with mortar explosives or small bombs crash into military installations."[1] The report is titled: "The Taliban's drone attacks – a frightening nightmare for the [American] occupation forces."[2]

This report by Roznama Ummat, which is pro-jihad, pro-Taliban, and pro-Pakistani military, comes days after Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Afghan Taliban's operational chief and head of the Haqqani Network, which is part of the Islamic Emirate, warned of the "never-before-seen" quality of the possible future of the Afghan jihad.[3]

Haqqani also said: "The pride and honor of our mujahideen cannot tolerate continued violations of the agreement by the other side. Since the U.S. administration has changed, NATO & U.S. are bluffing. Do not be affected by these bluffs. 15 years ago, we fought them with faith & with weaker military strength. Today we have both. We have the technology to use drones, we have our own missiles. This time if the mujahideen resume fighting, it would be something they have never seen before. They will wish the battlefield was like in the past."[4]

The Roznama Ummat report noted: "The Taliban mujahideen, fighting for the expulsion of the foreign forces from Afghanistan, have begun making successful use of commercial drones against the puppet Afghan, American, and allied troops for war objectives which has caused tremors among the Afghan forces and the allied militaries."[5]

The report added that the Taliban had released in January 2020 a video showing a commercial drone, DJI Matrice, in Helmand province being equipped with a high-resolution camera and bomb-dropping technology. It quoted Aimal, a Taliban commander deployed to Syed Karam in Paktia province, as saying that the Taliban generally use drones at around nine or ten o'clock in the evening.  

 

[1] Roznama Ummat (Pakistan), March 9, 2021.

[2] Roznama Ummat (Pakistan), March 9, 2021.

[5] Roznama Ummat (Pakistan), March 9, 2021.

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