When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on December 1979, the goal was to help Afghan communist forces set up a communist government. The Soviet Union felt Afghanistan had key resources and a foothold in the Middle East to spread communist ideas. The result would be a war that the Soviet Union wishes it never got involved in and likened to their “Vietnam War”, meaning winning a number of battles but not the war like what happened to the U.S. in Vietnam. The background of the war, outcome of the war, and impact on the United States are key to understanding the Soviet-Afghan War.
As I started to think about what aspect of terrorism I wanted to write a paper on, it occurred to me that I didn't really know much about the Taliban group. Which is one of the major terrorist groups in today's society. So I am going to try and explain this group the best that I can. In couple different aspects, one is what their rules are, two how they treat women, and three what types of terrorist acts they have committed. The Taliban group is a group of men who formed in 1994 in the country of Kandahar by Islamic students who took a radical approach to interpreting Islam. The Group also believes in strict Islamic rules. According to them the men must have beards four fingers in length, there shall be no music, Nintendo, and women should
Problems that the Taliban have caused, in real life, have impacted the way that many innocent people in various Arab countries used to live--long ago, life was delectable to many. People lived in a state of tranquility, and could live accompanied by one word: freedom. However, later on, and not long ago, the Taliban created a set of strict, over-the top rules that have not only completely
Taliban means students and this name was chosen to symbolize how they were going to learn from their ancestors and take back their land and prevent it from being taken again. THey then engaged in Jihad, or “Holy war”, to take back afghanistan. Not long after the assault began they regained control of most of the upper part of afghanistan. Other factions had also risen and a war of multiple fronts started and thats how it was so quick to regain control. The area of Afghanistan was once again split into 3 major territories and completely obliterated. The Taliban then became a superpower, in relative terms to its opponents, and began to take control of all the Afghanistan territory. Uniting it, but at a cost. It promised to have a strict interpretation of the Quran, the Islamic holy book. But soon became corrupt and only became abusive to women and children and severely disadvantaged the males. To fund this foul government they allowed terrorists to take refuge, one such group was al-Qaeda. Headed by Osama bin-Laden, he began to lead the Taliban government from behind the scenes and he, along with interpretations from the Quran, was that the
Afghanistan has been for years a country struggling with authority issues. These struggles date back to the 16th century of the Mughal Empire and continues with the Taliban today. These historic struggles are responsible of the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of our world. There have been many attempts from other groups to try and “conquer” the land but
With the Taliban beginning its reigns on Afghanistan, darkness took over the nation. Terror became a more common installment into the minds of the citizens. Hearing the rumble of the jeeps, the bangs of the AK-47s, and the bombs setting off can send a shiver down anyone’s back. Families are torn apart, children forget what play time is, schools are destroyed. The injustice that the Taliban brought is defined through the cruelest of actions. “There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.” (Hosseini, 1) With their regime, the Taliban established radical rules that limited the country to all but making the essential function of speaking, barely legal. The effect of the Taliban begin to spread specifically towards Amir and his family. With the beginning the war, Amir sees his
The Taliban, also known as The Afghan Taliban, is a terrorist organization that occupies large areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Taliban rose to power after the Soviet Union withdrew in 1989. By 1996, an extremist group by the name The Taliban had established themselves, enforcing a rather strict and brutal for of Sharia law. This was the beginning of what would seem to be a lifetime of horror for much of Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as the United States and the United Nations.
Religion “...is a spectrum of colors; changing hues end-to-end; shifting shade at every stage” (Aguilar), writes poet Chito Aquilar as he discusses life. Interpretations of religion have a large spectrum with many extremist and conservative thoughts. On one side of the spectrum of religion, a person can use religion as their sanctuary and start new beginnings from which they will use to become a more pure human being. In the darkness of the religion spectrum, people take their beliefs to the extreme in order to achieve their goal at any cost. The Taliban are an Islamic extremist group of the Pashtun culture whom have taken their beliefs beyond the realm of morality.
The Taliban are part of the reason why Afghanistan struggles so much socially because of the Taliban and this is because of their harsh rules. Women are not able to leave their homes if they are not with a male and if they do they will get beaten. Girls are not able to go to school and if the Taliban women in a school they will bomb it. Another thing that the Taliban do
In an age when mankind has the ability to completely annihilate itself through nuclear combat, war can be a more terrifying and powerful thought than ever before. Unfortunately, because of the extent of the actions that the Taliban has committed against both America and its own followers, the United States’ war against terrorism seems to be a necessity. I do feel, however, as if there are many things that can be done by the American government in the near future to peacefully approach a more civil and politically involved Afghanistan. Although my feelings on a war against terrorism are mixed, I do feel that significant actions must be taken in order to restrict the spread of
The Taliban is an Afghani and Pakistani terrorist group. They are a large organization, with a religious base. The group, like several other terrorist organizations, have extremist views in relation to Islam. They operate primarily in the Middle East, but also operate elsewhere in the world. In this paper the focus will be on the Taliban’s relationship with the world outside of their comfort zone.
It was not until April 1992 that the mujahideen finally took Kabul, killed Najibullah, and declared what passed for victory.7With a common enemy gone. The former Mujahedin broke into rival factions and rather getting the hoped-for Islamic state. The state failure opened the way for the Taliban. The Taliban leader, Amir Mullah Mohammed Omar controlled all of the Pashrun areas as well as Herat and Kabul. Few Taliban leaders were born before 1960. Mullah Omar himself was just around 35 years old when the Taliban movement began. Many Taliban volunteers hardly knew Afghanistan and were drawn not by memory of a homeland but by the created memory of a homeland passed down by elder Mujahedin fighters and by visions of an ideal Islamic society created by the prophet Mohammed 1,400 years ago.9 The Taliban provided refuge for Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organization and allowed terrorist organizations to run training camps in their territory and, from 1994 to at least 2001. Osama bin Ladin had left Afghanistan after the Soviet defeat, after facing pressure from Sudan to leave in order to improve their relationship with America had to come back to Afghanistan. In September, 2001, the U.S. placed significant pressure on the Taliban to turn over bin Laden and al-Qaeda in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist
The main military goal that the Taliban set and wanted to fulfil from 1996 to 2001 was to cleanse the land religiously, and to begin the re-establishment of a state that would be Pashto dominant. More specifically, they wanted to return to the land the order of Abdur Rahman Khan, a man who had ruled as Emir of Afghanistan (military ruler of Afghanistan) from 1880 to 1901. Culturally, some of the actions and decisions made by the Taliban during its resurgence from 1996 to 2001 had a grim effect on Afghanistan as a nation, with the country becoming better known internationally for some of the acts of terrorism perpetrated by the Taliban. The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan led to a Western view of the country that was corrupted by a sole movement
The Taliban emerged in 1994 from a group of guerilla type Muslim Mujahidin that had fought in the Afghan and Soviet war and were dissatisfied and disillusioned with their current leadership. The Mujahidin’s purpose is to perform jihad, meaning to “struggle, strive, or persevere” in doing God’s will (Wikipedia, 2015).