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The Taliban

August 24, 2021

The Taliban are members of the “Pushtun” tribe in Afghanistan and adhere to the “Deobandi” Islamic sect.

Here is a brief description taken from Wikipedia:

The Taliban regime interpreted the Sharia law in accordance with the Hanafi school of Islamic jurisprudence and the religious edicts of Mullah Omar.[67] The Taliban forbade pork and alcohol, many types of consumer technology such as music, television, filming and the Internet, as well as most forms of art such as paintings or photography, participation in sport, including football and chess; recreational activities such as kite-flying and keeping pigeons or other pets were also forbidden, and the birds were killed according to the Taliban’s ruling. Movie theatres were closed and repurposed as mosques, Celebration of the Western and Iranian New Year was forbidden. Taking photographs and displaying pictures or portraits was forbidden, as it was considered by the Taliban as a form of idolatry. Women were banned from working, girls were forbidden to attend schools or universities, were requested to observe purdah and to be accompanied outside their households by male relatives; those who violated these restrictions were punished. Men were forbidden to shave their beards and required to let them grow and keep them long according to the Taliban’s liking, and to wear turbans outside their households.

The leader of the Taliban, Mohammed Omar, was an Afghan mullah (cleric) and mujahid commander who led the Taliban and founded the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996.

During the 1980s, he joined the Afghan mujahideen in their war against the Soviet Union and the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. He founded the Taliban movement in 1994, and by 1995 had captured much of southern and western Afghanistan. After the Taliban seized the Afghan capital of Kabul in September 1996,[21] Omar was proclaimed as the Head of the Supreme Council of Afghanistan; in this capacity, Omar acted as the country’s head of state.

Omar gave safe harbor to Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda militants. After the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Omar was deposed as Head of the Supreme Council. He died from Tuberculosis in 2013.

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