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Do not ignore the Taliban

The Hindu - ‎9 hours ago‎
Last week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's 18-month engagement with Pakistan collapsed under the stress of Pakistani recalcitrance, Taliban resurgence, and domestic politics. While the result may be a short-term boost in India-Afghanistan ties, longer ...

Bountiful Afghan Opium Harvest Yields Profits for the Taliban

New York Times - ‎May 4, 2016‎
And if the Helmand poppy fields this spring are any indication, the Taliban will have a very good year. As the opium harvest winds down across Helmand Province, Afghanistan's largest in territory and poppy cultivation, farmers and officials are ...

To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

NPR - ‎13 hours ago‎
But because the Taliban forbids sports and being a woman athlete is an even greater transgression, she basically went into hiding until she was accepted at a new squash academy in Canada founded by a former world squash champion.
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Lionel Messi fan leaves Afghanistan after Taliban threats, father says

ESPN FC - ‎May 3, 2016‎
The family of a 5-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from Barcelona star Lionel Messi, his football hero, has been forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats and a menacing letter from the Taliban, the boy's father said.
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Taliban threats force Afghan boy, fan of Messi, into exile

New Zealand Herald - ‎9 hours ago‎
The family of a five-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from his soccer hero Lionel Messi was forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats and a menacing Taliban letter, the boy's father says. Mohammad Arif Ahmadi ...
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The Pakistani woman who defies the Taliban every day

The Independent - ‎May 2, 2016‎
A widow has spent the past few years openly defying the Taliban's strict rules designed to control women's appearance and behaviour.
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Taliban condemn Pakistan city's first McDonald's: "we don't even consider it as a food."

Boing Boing - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told NBC: "Yes, I know McDonald's and its food but we will never eat it. We don't even consider it as a food.
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Afghan Forces Begin Mission to Break Taliban's Grip on Highway

New York Times - ‎May 2, 2016‎
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The Afghan security forces began a push to break the Taliban's hold on a crucial southern highway through Oruzgan Province, officials said on Monday, hoping to ease the insurgents' intensifying siege of an important provincial ...
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When 300 Taliban Attacked 50 Isolated US Soldiers: 'The Alamo Position'

TIME - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Looking back on that moment now, I've tried to imagine the scene from the perspective of the 300 Taliban fighters who had moved into position overnight, forced the civilians in the area to leave their homes, set up firing positions in the buildings and ...
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Here's why the Taliban hate McDonalds (and it's not the reason you'd expect)

The Sun - ‎May 1, 2016‎
IT turns out the Taliban are not fans of Mcdonald's fast food - but the reason might surprise you. The fast-food giant has just opened up a branch in Quetta, Pakistan, which is also the home of the Taliban's ruling council. It's the first golden arches ...
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Afghan translators who fled the Taliban face deportation from UK

Daily Mail - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Two former interpreters for UK troops in Afghanistan have been warned they face deportation from Britain. After paying people-smugglers to help them flee the Taliban, they applied for UK asylum. But they were arrested and held at immigration centres ...

Maria Toorpakai Defied the Taliban to Become a Squash Champion - ‎May 2, 2016‎
The region, controlled by the Taliban, is still considered one of the most dangerous places on earth and is a place where women don't have the right to leave their home unaccompanied.

Al-Qaeda returns to Afghanistan amid fears of new jihadist alliance with Isis and Taliban

The Independent - ‎May 2, 2016‎
Al-Qaeda is back in Afghanistan, joining Isis and the Taliban in waging jihad. The three most prominent Islamist terrorist groups in the world are now in one violent arena and drawing the West back into a bloody conflict it had sought to leave behind ...

Taliban Fighters Are Unimpressed With McDonald's Food

Grub Street - ‎May 2, 2016‎
Some common ground you might have with the Taliban: McDonald's just opened up its first location in the Pakistani city of Quetta, reputedly home base for the Taliban's ruling council, and a spokesperson for the militant group told NBC that the food is ...
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McDonald's has gone to Quetta, Pakistan - and the Taliban aren't happy

The Independent - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
The Pakistan city of Quetta has got its first McDonald's - and the Taliban aren't happy about it. Quetta, 1,300km southwest of Islamad, became known as a meeting point for the Taliban in 2015, when it emerged that leaders of the terrorist group were ...

Pak army courts sentence 11 Taliban militants to death

Deccan Chronicle - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Islamabad: Pakistan military courts have sentenced eleven Taliban militants to death for terrorism-related offences, the army said on Tuesday.
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Former Afghan Minister: Prospects for Taliban Peace Deal to Improve

Sputnik International - ‎May 2, 2016‎
"I think Taliban, despite some tactical advances they had [in 2015], they have no future. They do not have a strategic opportunity to prevail," Jalali stated.

The Taliban v the squash champion

Financial Times - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
As it happens, this is close to the birthplace of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 because she was attending school (she survived and later won the Nobel Peace Prize for championing female education).
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Afghanistan Outraged About Taliban's Pakistan Visit

Voice of America - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
Afghanistan has criticized Pakistan for allowing a Taliban delegation to visit the neighboring country, saying “a terrorist organization” should not have been been allowed to undertake such activities.

Pakistan: No military action against Afghan Taliban on its soil

Journal of Turkish Weekly - ‎May 4, 2016‎
Pakistan is rejecting Afghan demands for military action against Taliban commanders within Pakistan and emphasizes the need to continue talks for a settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan.