TBILISI, DFWatch–A video posted on Youtube which contains threats against Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan has caused debate in Tbilisi.
The video has spread fear, especially among family members and relatives of the soldiers, but it now appears that the video was not made by the taliban and that it was uploaded from Georgia.
A video titled Taliban Jihad against Georgian Troops in Afghanistan (warning: disturbing images) was uploaded by a person who registered on Youtube on June 2, and his user profile names Georgia as his location. The video threatens not only Georgian soldiers, but also President Mikheil Saakashvili personally and Georgia in general.
The same day as the video was posted, seven Georgian soldiers died in a suicide attack on a Georgian base in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, and the close timing between this attack and the uploading of the video has caused many people here to demand that the truth is found out about the video.
Although there is a strong demand in the population to find who was behind it, postings on the internet are normally not considered a crime in Georgia.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Defense Ministry are now examining the circumstances around the video, apparently in order to assess the security issues. According to unconfirmed reports they are trying to obtain information from Google about the user who registered June 2 under name Hammad Zaman.
Meanwhile, journalist Temur Kighuradze recognized some of the footage used in the video. He said that the footage belongs to the archive of TV company PIK.
One of the users on Tbilisi Forum, one of the most popular Georgian language web forums, used Youtube API to find out that Hammad Zaman was really registered in Georgia.
“We can simply see <yt:location>GE</yt:location> in this code, which means the user was registered in Georgia and which also means that he was stupid enough not to use proxy while registering,” he writes, adding that this person is a threat to the whole country and in this case Google might really provide information about the user.