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5 years of Taliban’s haunting rule

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec28,2023 #haunting #Taliban
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The last time the Taliban entered Kabul and took control of Afghanistan in 1996, the force immediately used violence to establish a society that adhered to the harshest interpretation of Sharia Islamic law.

Taliban forces parade on August 19, 2001 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

At the end of September 1996, jihadists tortured and executed former president Mohammad Najibullah and hung his body from a traffic light pole.

Football is banned.

Men who did not pray 5 times a day or did not grow a beard as tradition were punished with public flogging.

Rare images transmitted from Afghanistan once shook the world.

In March 2001, a few months before al-Qaeda’s 9/11 terrorist attack on US soil, the Taliban detonated bombs and destroyed two giant Bamiyan Buddha statues that were nearly 1,500 years old despite calls for preservation from the international community.

Priceless artifacts in the Kabul Museum also suffered the same fate, as the Taliban did not accept any values that existed before Islamic civilization.

`Before the terror of the Islamic State (IS), it was the Taliban who were the perpetrators,` said John Lee Anderson, a veteran writer for The New Yorker about Afghanistan.

The Taliban leadership then concentrated power in the hands of a small group of former rebels who fought against Soviet military intervention in the 1980s. The head of the government, Mohammad Omar, repeatedly sought recognition.

5 years of Taliban's haunting rule

People from Afghanistan entered Pakistan at the border checkpoint in Chaman on August 16, a day after Kabul fell to the Taliban.

The Islamic Emirate also tried pursuing a modern state model, with ministers responsible for health and trade or central bank governors.

Omar rarely leaves Kandahar city.

As human rights violations in Afghanistan become more serious and more are revealed to the international media, diplomatic opportunities between the Taliban and the outside world are also dwindling.

The land has become an ideal destination for extremist forces like al-Qaeda.

The leader and founder of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda is also said to be the financial provider that led the Taliban to victory.

Returning to power after 20 years, the Taliban is trying to create a different image from the last time they marched into Kabul.

5 years of Taliban's haunting rule

Twice the Taliban entered the Afghan capital

Twice the Taliban took over Kabul.

Some analysts note that the new generation of Taliban leaders have spent more than a decade in Pakistan or the Gulf countries and have a less conservative outlook.

However, observers and the international community still watch the Taliban with caution and skepticism.

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