The Taliban (Pashto: طالبان ṭālibān, also anglicised as Taleban; translation: "students") is a Sunni Islamist, predominately Pashtun Islamic terrorist movement that governed Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, when its leaders were removed from power by Northern Alliance and NATO forces. It has regrouped and since 2004 revived as a strong insurgency movement fighting a guerrilla war against the current government of Afghanistan, allied NATO forces participating in Operation Enduring Freedom, and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). It operates in Afghanistan and the Frontier Tribal Areas of Pakistan. The Taliban movement is headed by Mullah Mohammed Omar. Mullah Omar's original commanders were "a mixture of former small-unit military commanders and Madrasah teachers," and the rank and file made up mostly of Afghan refugees who had studied at Islamic religious schools in Pakistan. The overwhelming majority of the Taliban movement were ethnic Pashtuns from southern Afghanistan and western Pakistan, along with a smaller number of volunteers from Islamic countries or regions in North Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. The Taliban received


  • Taliban attack Afghan police chief's home

    The Associated Press 1 day ago
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said. The six gunmen, all of ...
  • 15 killed in Afghan attacks as vote count stops

    The Associated Press 2 days ago
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attacks across Afghanistan, including hundreds of Taliban fighters swarming police checkpoints across the south, killed at least 15 people Saturday, officials said, as a recount in the country's presidential election halted before a major holiday. The ...
  • Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with US

    The Associated Press 3 days ago
    Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with US
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a blow to hopes for peace talks, the Taliban's reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will ...
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    Kuwaitee detainee moves closer to release from Guantanamo

    Miami Herald 3 days ago
    MIAMI _ The Obama administration's parole board has approved for release from Guantanamo a Kuwaiti man whose lawyers took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but then lost his federal court challenge. Fawzi al-Odah, 37, was approved ...
  • Rigell's measure condemning Obama closer to vote

    The Virginian-Pilot 3 days ago
    Republican leaders are arranging a floor vote on U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell's resolution condemning President Barack Obama for releasing five Taliban prisoners without properly notifying Congress. The resolution in the House of Representatives contends the White House broke ...
  • Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed

    The Associated Press 5 days ago
    Ursula von der Leyen
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan. Spokesman Hasib Sediqi of the National Directorate for Security charged that recent attacks in Afghanistan ...

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