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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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When asked for the reasons for their continued silence, especially in the context of their stalled negotiations with the US for which purpose the Doha office was actually launched, the Afghan Taliban representatives in Doha again responded via SMS (in Urdu): "When there is no one ready to speak or listen to the truth, then in such an environment, it is better to be quiet."
Baradar is the most prominent Afghan Taliban leader detained by Pakistan, allegedly to prevent his participation in peace talks.
The Afghan Taliban, however, refused to meet the representatives of the Afghan government.
Pakistan had earlier arranged an ice-breaking meeting between representatives of the Afghan Taliban and Afghan government in Murree in July 2015, but things took a dramatic turn after Kabul accused Islamabad of trying to cover up the news about the death of the Taliban movement founder Mullah Mohammad Omar.
The IS in response to the Afghan Taliban declaration of their caliphate as having no Islamic grounds launched recruitment drives deep into the Taliban territory, allowing them to expand rapidly - even reportedly replacing the Taliban as the dominant controlling force in several districts of Nangarhar province.
Baradar is the Afghan Taliban's former deputy leader and the group's most senior member in detention.
Talking to reporters at the Media and Information Center in Kandahar city, the provincial capital, Ahmadi said the Afghan Taliban were optimistic their Qatar office would increase their interaction with the peace process.
The Afghan Peace Council has been seeking the release of some prominent Taliban leaders as part of its "reconciliation process" with the Afghan Taliban.
Statements by Afghan Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders since the attack have confused efforts to figure out which group was behind the blast that struck a blow to the CIA's field expertise in Afghanistan.
A promising start but a long way to go There have been numerous reports regarding the ongoing talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban. While both parties have not reached any sort of agreement yet, it's been assessed that this is the most serious phase of talks that have taken over the last seventeen years.
Sources on Friday said the federal government had decided to invite Afghan Taliban to Pakistan and more than a dozen Afghan Taliban representatives will soon arrive in Islamabad.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan and the United States Saturday continued efforts to convince the Afghan Taliban for talks with all the stakeholders including the Afghan government as US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad extended his stay in Pakistan.

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