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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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Also, this was the first time that the suspects of Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network were extradited to Afghanistan.
Pakistan has come under tremendous pressure from Washington in recent weeks either to take action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network or bring them to the negotiating table.
In March 2014, a small group of al-Qa'ida members who were active in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region defected to the Islamic State, setting the stage for rogue elements of the fractured Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and disgruntled, disenfranchised Afghan Taliban commanders to coalesce around the black flag of the Islamic State during the summer of 2014.
Afghan Taliban sources said Daud was based in Afghanistan's Logar province but would frequently visit Pakistan.
If the group fails to persuade the Afghan Taliban to come to the negotiating table after the killing of Mansour, soon the initiative would peter out like several previous moves to restore normalcy to the war-ravaged country.
Some Afghan Taliban feel that elements in the Pakistani security forces want to manipulate the Afghan insurgency for their own purposes.
Referring to the reported rift in Afghan Taliban ranks the minister said Pakistan does not want to involve in the controversy over the Taliban leadership issue.
Kunar has been the scene of fierce fighting between local forces and the Afghan Taliban for the past 10 days.
Apart from many accusations which Tariq Azam listed out, he said that the fugitive commander Mullah Fazlullah who is supposed to be hiding in Afghanistan is indulging in a baseless propaganda campaign against Afghan Taliban, brother Jihadi organization and Al Qaeda and the Punjabi Taliban.
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Taliban are unwilling to enter negotiations with the High Peace Council (HPC), a senior Pakistani foreign policy advisor has said.
Karachi September 21, 2013(VOA News)--Pakistan says it has released a senior Afghan Taliban leader in an attempt to boost the stalled peace process in Afghanistan.
ISLAMABAD (TAP) - Pakistani officials say they have released their highest-ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner.

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