Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More Tweet Battles...

Continuing on from previous wars being fought over twitter, Al-Shabab (@HSMPress) and the Kenyan Defence Forces (@KDF) have started their on war of words as the KDF pushes into Somalia in support of the "Somalian Government".

From Al-Jazeera:

A few days ago, al-Shabab posted this, referring to the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF): "Unable to foot the bill, the young & temperamental #KDF joins the fatigued &timid #AMISOM in a turbulent marriage of convenience." 
Major Emmaneul Chirchir, the KDF's spokesman, is also on Twitter (@MajorEChirchir). When Kenyan forces went into Somalia, he tweeted the names of the Somali towns which would be targeted, warning people to leave. 
 "Any large concentration and movement of loaded donkeys will be considered Al Shabaab activity," he wrote.

@HSMPress responded: "Like bombing donkeys, you mean! Your eccentric battle strategy has got animal rights groups quite concerned. Major. " 
The Major, clearly rattled, responded: "Life has more meaning than denying women to wear bras..RT in support of Somalia women."

The use of formal english in their tweets suggests that the writer for Al-Shabab was educated in the west or is a westerner themselves. Whoever it is, they are pretty dedicated in their role as a spokesperson, while even adding some humour:

nazaninemoshiri [correspondent for Al-Jazeera] This must be 's innovative new approach to Twitter interviews. Should we call it Twinterview?
On the darker side, HSMPress is also being used as a means to report the victims of its violence:

Images of the ID cards of  soldiers killed in battles. - NSENGIYUMVA, Céléstin. D.O.B = 1975

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