Tag Archives: Taliban

Who was Ayman al-Zawahri? Where does his death leave al-Qaida and what does it say about US counterterrorism?

Who will replace the man who replaced bin Laden? Visual News/Getty Images Haroro J. Ingram, George Washington University; Andrew Mines, George Washington University, and Daniel Milton, United States Military Academy West Point Ayman al-Zawahri, leader of al-Qaida and a plotter of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has been killed in a drone strike in the Afghan city of Kabul, according to …

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Afghan women face increasing violence and repression under the Taliban after international spotlight fades

Mia Bloom, Georgia State University The Taliban reportedly captured 40 people in Mazar-e-Sharif, a medium-sized city in Afghanistan, at the end of January 2022. Taliban members then allegedly gang-raped eight of the women. The women who survived the gang rape were subsequently killed by their families. The fact that the women had been raped violated a societal honor code called …

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Afghanistan: Taliban plans for suicide brigade reveal changing nature of warfare in 21st century

Lily Hamourtziadou, Birmingham City University The Taliban recently announced it will establish a battalion of suicide attackers as part of the national army of Afghanistan. These “martyrdom brigades” will be “under the control of the ministry of defence and will be used for special operations,” according to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. This was condemned as “horrific and appalling” by Shaharzad …

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As the Taliban returns, 20 years of progress for women looks set to disappear overnight

Michael Reynolds/EPA/AAP Azadah Raz Mohammad, The University of Melbourne and Jenna Sapiano, Monash University As the Taliban takes control of the country, Afghanistan has again become an extremely dangerous place to be a woman. Even before the fall of Kabul on Sunday, the situation was rapidly deteriorating, exacerbated by the planned withdrawal of all foreign military personnel and declining international …

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How the world’s biggest Islamic organization drives religious reform in Indonesia – and seeks to influence the Muslim world

A gathering during the 73rd anniversary of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2019. Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Ahmet T. Kuru, San Diego State University After its return to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban are again imposing their religious ideology, with restrictions on women’s rights and other repressive measures. They are presenting to the world an image …

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Fostering girls’ education will be challenging under a Taliban regime, but Afghanistan can learn a lot from Indonesia

M Niaz Asadullah, University of Malaya Since the return of the Taliban to power, concern has been growing over the “Islamisation” of Afghan society – including the education sector. Many fear that either schools will be shut down or girls will be excluded. This could reverse 20 years of progress in narrowing the gender gap in school enrolment. There have …

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Releasing US$9.5 billion in frozen assets can’t help the Afghan people as long as the Taliban remain in power

Weeda Mehran, University of Exeter Afghanistan is in a major humanitarian crisis: the health sector is failing, the economy is collapsing, and amid the COVID pandemic, famine is inflicting ever-larger numbers of casualties. According to the most recent report by the UN World Food Programme, more than half of the resident population of 38 million are facing acute hunger and …

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