Taliban closer to power

In 1996, the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. Led by motley warlords, the terrorist group had been created in 1993 by the Pakistani army under the benign gaze of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. It was driven out of Kabul after the United States unleashed its war on terror in 2001 following the 9/11 terror attack in New York and on the Pentagon.

During those five years of Taliban rule, Afghanistan fell under a near-medieval interpretation of Sharia law. Only three countries recognised the Taliban government: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

History is about to be repeated, but with a twist. The Taliban could soon be back in power with a new patron: the United States. After fighting the Taliban for nearly 18 years, President Donald Trump has decided to cut and run. Read More

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