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Taliban

A political movement that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. When it was in power, the Taliban was noted for brutal treatment of women and for almost entirely wiping out the cultivation of opium, which was until then one of Afghanistan's primary cash crops. It based its teachings and rule on an austere interpretation of Islam combined with Pashto tribal law. In 2001, it was overthrown by the United States and coalition forces. Since 2004, the Taliban has become a major insurgent group in Afghanistan, funded through opium trade.
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Such a hounding combined with the gathering of the hounded Talebans in PakistanAEs tribal areas and a Pakistan vary of a two-front scenario, meant inevitable military revival of the Taleban movement.
Afghanistan's Islamic Taleban movement captured a key northern provincial capital yesterday and reported gains in a key central province in the latest of a series of spectacular victories against opposition forces.
Malik, mayor of Adizai suburb on Peshawar's outskirts, once had close links to the hard-line Taleban movement, but switched sides in 2008 and had raised a local force to battle the extremists on the fringes of the city.
With insurgent violence at its highest since the Taleban movement was ousted from power in late 2001, public support for the war is declining in America and has plummeted in Europe.