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Tales of the Taliban: Part Tragedy, Part Farce

To the outside world, the Taliban was a forbidding, mysterious clique of Islamic militiamen who shut women away, enforced puritanical rules with whips and crushed all military rivals until U.S. bombers drove them from power in 2001. But as seen from the inside, the Taliban’s five-year reign over most of Afghanistan was also one of bumbling comedy, fatal military mistakes, disabling preoccupation with minor religious matters, deep internal splits and awkward relations with the Arab fighters who flocked to the movement’s aid. Waheed Mojda, a former official in the Taliban Foreign Ministry, has written a 40,000-word account of the Taliban years that provides both hilarious and painful insights into a short-lived Islamic regime that left no written records, rarely explained its actions and shunned contact with outsiders. Full Story

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