Kabul – The Afghan Taleban have announced a 24-hour telephone “hotline” and email addresses for any government employees wishing to defect to them, as the tech-savvy militants try to bolster public support.
“The Islamic Emirate will provide safety to anybody who defects from the Kabul puppet regime,” the Taleban said in a statement on their website on Sunday, using their formal name.
“They can get in touch with us 24/7 through these phone numbers and email addresses,” it added, listing two for each.
The move demonstrates the Taleban’s efforts to boost public support for their resilient but unpopular insurgency following a string of defections to the Daesh group in recent months.
It marks a rare attempt by the Taleban to reach out to government officials, frequently targeted in growing insurgent attacks that have sent casualties soaring.
When AFP called one of the numbers, a militant representative who identified himself as Mullah Jalid said they had received more than 20 calls from government employees since the statement was posted… see more