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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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Mr Wakil Ahmed, the Taleban spokesman, said Taleban fighters had killed the Iranians "on their own without any orders".
According to a participant, the Taleban not only support these national rehabilitation plans, they would assist in their development.
One is reconciliation, a fancy word for negotiating a ceasefire with those Taleban leaders willing to stop fighting in exchange for the chance to join Afghanistan's government.
The reaction has been predictably furious, especially since the army has lost dozens of soldiers fighting the Pakistani Taleban this year alone.
It just hopes this time the Taleban will push the exiled Saudi out of Afghanistan.
Now the case is clear to all that Taleban have Iranian weapons and are being supported in the southern provinces.
The attacks also show that Pakistani Taleban is a determined and well-organized force, deeply rooted even in urban centers of the country.
We take pride in taking responsibility for the Quetta attack," Qari Hussain Mehsud, the mentor of Taleban suicide bombers, said by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Unaware of Pashtun history, American commentators were pleased at the smashing victory of their military, convinced that they had consigned the Taleban to history's graveyard.
He heard some of the claims while serving in a 20-man Taleban infantry unit of Arabic speakers in Afghanistan.
In another development, Russia accused Pakistan yesterday of providing military support for the Taleban in northern Afghanistan and said Pakistani forces were directly involved in fighting there.
He said he had told President Ashraf Ghani that while Pakistan was prepared to help revive stalled Afghan peace talks, he could not bring the Taleban to the negotiating table "and be asked to kill them at the same time.