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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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But the Taleban under Mullah Haibatullah, the successor of Mullah Mansoor who was killed in a US drone attack in May, have questioned Hekmatyar's motive for suing for peace.
It has imposed itself as the most powerful subversive movement one that has been tremendously successful at accomplishing what it set out to do and that is posing a serious challenge to other militant organisations from the Taleban to Hamas, says Fawaz Gerges, a professor of contemporary Middle Eastern studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Taleban militants launched a massive offensive against the Sangin district of Helmand province last June, which left more than 300 people including civilians dead or injured.
Firefights often last around 15 or 20 minutes as the Taleban know how long it takes for troops to call in helicopter gun ships or mortar barrages.
Mottaki complained quite vocally Sunday about the Western powers, saying they were trying to rescue their failed policies in Afghanistan by negotiating with the Taleban. "We advise them to think about consequences of the talks [with the Taleban]," he said.
The more the US and Nato forces kill and destroy Taleban, the more they seem to grow, multiplying like those zombie soldiers in the Hollywood productions, The Mummy II and III.
The Taleban has introduced a strict version of Islamic laws in more than 90 percent of Afghanistan.
Chanting "death to the Taleban" and "death to America," the protesters carried six coffins, cloaked in Iran's red, white and green flag, to Tehran University, where Friday prayers were held.
For example, everybody's stopped talking to the official Afghan government and started negotiating with the Taleban, trying to get them to stop winning more land every month and just agree to peace terms; an exercise made infinitely more complicated than it has to be due to the Taleban's refusal to even recognise the government in Kabul.
Also that he thinks Pakistan might be good for more than just exercising influence over the Taleban. If Trump thinks something will make him look good, he'll do it, regardless of the mess on the ground; think occupied Jerusalem, Golan, etc.
Pistachio forests in Herat and Badghis are arming the government's opponents including the Taleban.
In a meeting with Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan's top security adviser in Kabul on Sunday, Ghani emphasized that the two countries should discard the practice of blaming each other every time there is an attack by the Taleban on both sides of their border.