Taliban foot soldiers reportedly wearing Western-style clothing to avoid drone detection

Written by N: Nyia Williams, CNN London Award-winning graffiti artist Banksy is well known for his sharp-eyed social commentary. His ideas about society, art and culture, juxtaposed with gritty art scenes, found materials and satirical …

Written by N: Nyia Williams, CNN London

Award-winning graffiti artist Banksy is well known for his sharp-eyed social commentary. His ideas about society, art and culture, juxtaposed with gritty art scenes, found materials and satirical critique, resonate strongly with a global audience.

But his edgy style and the thought behind some of his work has led the Taliban to take notice. He has reportedly advised Taliban foot soldiers to steer clear of photographing themselves with drone-borne cameras because they may be used to spy on them, as well as donning fashionable clothing to hide their traditional attire from strangers.

In an effort to escape easy visibility, the “world’s most wanted” group of foot soldiers were spotted around the city of Kandahar, according to an anonymous intelligence official speaking to Reuters

The Taliban has been blamed for the deaths of many ordinary Afghan citizens during its 12-year rule. But images published by Reuters, revealing the style and styles of some of its members, appear to depict a group of people afraid to behave normally — whether as foot soldiers or citizens.

According to the Taliban’s lawyer, Zabihullah Mujahid, the advice not to carry any recording devices has been shared with foot soldiers as well as those looking to become militants. Instead, they’re advised to wear camouflage pants, hoodies and shalwar kameez outfits with Western-style bands on them. If they decide to carry photographs, the items must be such that they will not be easily detectable, he added.

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