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Taliban Narratives: The Use and Power of Stories in the Afghanistan Conflict

Thomas Johnson


Why has the Taliban been so much more effective in presenting messages that resonate with the Afghan population than the United States, the Afghan government and their allies? This book, based on years of field research and the assessment of hundreds of original source materials, examines the information operations and related narratives of Afghan insurgents, especially the Afghan Taliban, and investigates how the Taliban has won the information war. Taliban messaging, wrapped in the narrative of jihad, is both to the point and in tune with its target audiences. On the other hand, the United S ... More

Keywords: Taliban, Insurgency, Counterinsurgency, Terrorism, Afghanistan, Jihad, Narratives, Propaganda, Information Operations (IO), Psychological Warfare (PSYOP)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190840600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190840600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Johnson, author
Naval Postgraduate School