Taliban Using Google Picture-Sharing Service Picasa To Publish Thousands Of Images Of Wounded U.S. Troops, Jihadi ‘Martyrs’

May 9, 2013

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban’s shadow government in the country) is using the Google picture-sharing service Picasa to publish and share images of U.S. soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.

Picasa, a free Google service, lets its users organize and edit digital images for sharing among friends or with wider audiences.

In recent years, the Taliban and other jihadist organizations have relied on U.S.-based websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other such free services to publish their jihadi documents and images. The jihadist groups’ reliance on U.S.-based web services is due to the fact that their own websites are often hacked by various intelligence agencies and anti-jihadi hackers.

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