Earth & Conservation

How the Taliban is Developing Apps for Its Strategy

Just last week, Google removed a Taliban Android app from its Play store.

<p>Photo: Reuters // Abdul Malik<span></span></p>

Last week, the app "Pashto Afghan News - alemarah" was removed from Google's app Store shortly after it had been added. The app, which showed news and video content developed by the extremist organization, violated Google's terms and conditions, Google said.

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In an interview with Bloomberg, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said it was part of the group's broader online strategy.

"[The app] is part of our advanced technological efforts to make more global audience," he said.

The Taliban maintains a website available in five language, as well as Twitter and Facebook accounts that provide Internet users regular updates on the group.

While Google was able to swiftly remove such an app from its official store, extremists are finding other ways of developing apps for their benefit.

ISIS, for one, has come to rely on a secure Android app called "Alrawi." The encrypted software is providing ISIS fighters a means of encrypted communication that's tougher for government security forces to crack.

Alrawi is not available from any app store and can only be downloaded from the darker corners of the Web.