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Georgia’s interior minister, Irakli Gharibashvili. (Ministry photo.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–The video containing threats against Georgian soldiers was uploaded to Youtube from Georgia, the Georgian interior minister says.

Interior Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said the IP address of the user who uploaded the video has been determined, and as had location of the computer.

“I still cannot rule out the explanation that the video was made by the Taliban, [not] until the investigation is finished, but I want to confirm that the location has nothing to do with Taliban,” he said. Gharibashvili added that the investigation is not finished and the FBI is involved in the process as well as representatives from Israel.

The minister assumes that the goal of posting this video was to cause ‘panic and euphoria’.

Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, said the video is part of a psychological attack against the soldiers in Afghanistan.

“The one who did this is against Georgia, is its enemy. A serious investigation is needed. The one who did this should be punished, made an example of,” he noted.

The two were speaking after a meeting of the country’s National Security Council, whose sessions Gharibashvili said he thinks are ‘ineffective’. During meetings the participants only listen to reports, he complained.

“This is an important body, but at the moment I think it is totally ineffective and incapable.”

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili was absent during Tuesday’s meeting, which took place at the presidential palace.

“I should get assured and the issues should be urgent for that I attended the session. Then I should get assured how effective this body is and in the future –why not,” the prime minister said earlier on Tuesday.

The finance minister and speaker of parliament were also absent on Tuesday, but the meeting was attended by the foreign affairs, defense and interior ministers.

Council secretary Giga Bokeria said the next session will deal with the issue of Georgian ambassadors abroad, but the date is not set.