TALIBAN jihadists at the moment are answerable for 5 key cities – benefiting from American and NATO forces quitting the war-torn nation.
There are fears that embattled Afghanistan will as soon as once more grow to be a “protected haven for terrorists”.
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Who’re the Taliban?
The Taliban are designated as a “terror group“, alongside the likes of Al-Qaeda by the Safety Council.
Religious followers are answerable for most rebel assaults in Afghanistan.
The fear group dominated Afghanistan with an iron fist from 1996 to 2001, and have been preventing for 20 years to topple the Western-backed authorities in Kabul.
And specialists warn the Taliban are stronger now than at any level since 2001.
The Worldwide Terrorism Information web site explains that “the Taliban are a Sunni Islamist nationalist and pro-Pashtun motion based within the early Nineteen Nineties”.
The phrase “Taliban” is Pashto for “college students”.
Initially the group consisted of peasant farmers and males finding out Islam in Afghan and Pakistani madrasas, or non secular colleges.
However, after consolidating their energy in southern Afghanistan, the Taliban captured a number of provinces from armed factions who had been preventing a civil warfare after the Soviet-backed Afghan authorities fell in 1992.
‘EVIL’ PICS, TV & MOVIES BANNED
By September 1996, the Taliban had additionally captured Kabul, killed the nation’s president, and established the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Whereas answerable for Afghanistan, the regime outlawed motion pictures, TV, pictures and painted portraits of individuals – as its militants take into account depictions of the human type as ‘evil’.
The Taliban-led regime can also be notorious for its surprising remedy of girls.
The US Division of State, for instance, chronicles how a younger Afghan mum was brutally gunned down on the street, as a result of she had dared to take her sick little one to the docs alone, and not using a male ‘escort’.
The Taliban’s warfare in opposition to girls was notably appalling.
Describing the group’s harsh management over girls as “the Taliban’s warfare in opposition to girls”, the division slammed the regime for “cruelly lowering girls and women to poverty, worsening their well being, and depriving them of their proper to an training.
“Afghanistan underneath the Taliban had one of many worst human rights data on this planet.
“The regime systematically repressed all sectors of the inhabitants and denied even probably the most primary particular person rights.
“But the Taliban’s warfare in opposition to girls was notably appalling. [They were] imprisoned of their dwelling, [while food sent to help starving people was stolen by their leaders.”
The US swept in to Afghanistan after the September 11 2001 attacks – as the Taliban had provided a safe haven for Al-Qaeda to freely recruit, train, and deploy terrorists to other countries.
This included evil mass murderer Osama Bin Laden.
The Taliban were routed from power by the American-led campaign after then US President George W. Bush vowed to “win the war against terrorism”.
In October 2001, the US military, with international support, began a bombing campaign against Taliban militants.
Who is the Taliban’s leader?
The current leader of the Taliban is Maulawi Hibatullah Akhunzada.
He’s been in charge of the terror group since 2016.
What do the Taliban want?
The Taliban are on a bloody path to wrest back control of Afghanistan, following the withdrawal of foreign forces.
They have up to 100,000 full-time fighters, and are “stronger now than at any point in the past 20 years,” reports the Council on Foreign Relations.
The militants have ramped up their push across much of Afghanistan, turning their guns on provincial capitals after taking large swaths of land in the mostly rural countryside.
At the same time, they have been waging an assassination campaign targeting senior government officials in the capital, Kabul.
They are snubbing warnings from the international community and the UN that a military victory and takeover by the Taliban would not be recognised.
The Taliban have also not heeded appeals to return to the negotiating table and continue long-stalled peace talks with the Afghan government.
The insurgents have taken dozens of districts and border crossings in recent months and put pressure on several provincial capitals, including Herat and Kandahar in the south, as foreign troops withdraw.
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Speaking to Al-Jazeera TV, Taliban spokesman Muhammad Naeem Wardak said there was no ceasefire agreement, and warned the US against further intervention to support the government forces.
As of August 9, 2021, Afghan government forces were fighting the Taliban for a string of southern cities.
The loss of any major southern city would represent a significant shift in the balance of power.