The second anniversary of the start of the U.S. war against Afghanistan’s repressive Taliban regime passed without ceremony Tuesday. The capital instead was filled with the hammering sounds of reconstruction and the laughs of girls as well as boys hurrying to school. “We are so happy the Taliban have gone,” said Sadiqa Sharif, a teacher at Malalai high school in the capital, Kabul. “Girls are able to study again. We have books and computers. The international community has given us so much.” The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, banned girls from school and women from having jobs. The hard-line Islamic militia ordered women to wear body-shrouding burkas in public and men to grow their beards long. “A few teachers still come to work in burkas, but most don’t. At least now, it’s the choice of the individual, rather than the government telling us what we have to do,” Sharif said. Full Story
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