"the Taliban’s threats of retaliation"


A Taliban border guard (331 * 500)
Public DomainA Taliban border guard - Credit: bluuurgh

The Taliban is an Islamist militia group, which held power in Afghanistan between September 1996 and December 2001, when it was overthrown by Operation Enduring Freedom. Whilst in power, the Taliban enforced Sharia law and became infamous for their treatment of women, who were forced to wear the burqa, denied education and frequently faced public flogging or execution for even the smallest transgressions.


The Taliban is still active, operating as an insurgent group in Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan, with a current estimated strength of around 36,000. They commit terrorist act against the people of Afghanistan; a United Nations report from 2009 held them responsible for 76% of the Afghan civilian casualties in that year.