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Islamic Law and U.S. Foreign Policy (Panel 2: Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Indonesia) (Full Screen)
RELATED RESOURCES: AFGHANISTAN
The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan
January 1, 2009
This volume edited by historian Robert D. Crews and reporter Amin Tarzi offers a detailed explanation of Afghanistans tortured history. The complied essays thread together the history of the country beginning with the Talibans rise to power after the Soviet withdrawal in the 1990s. It then recounts how admiration for the Taliban vanished as it proceeded to oppress Afghans, refused to surrender Osama bin Laden after 9/11, and when the U.S. invasion helped sweep them from power. It finally offers an account of why the Taliban, who were dismissed as a gang of reactionary zealots, have since become resurgent and are now steadily expanding their influence.