The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan was a fascist coup that resulted as a by product of the Peshawar Accords. The Peshawar Accords consisted of a peace and power-sharing agreement between the different Afghan political parties. The Taliban began their reign as an Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan. Their ideology spread throughout until it solidified into a government known as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Taliban, meaning "students" were initially met with enthusiasm by the local population of Afghanistan who were not adequately protected by the Najibullah regime reared by the Soviet communists. From September 1996 to December 2001, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan with a heavy hand. They were helped in their victory over the different signatories of the Peshawar Accords by neighboring Pakistan who provided them with heavy artillery, namely rockets. Imposing a strict interpretation of Islamic laws, the Taliban became known through out the region for their oppression of women. Several Muslim nations, chief among them Iran, tried to help the population remove the Taliban. They were met with resistance that nearly brought Afghanistan in war with Iran. The Taliban were eventually overthrown by a mandate of several countries chief among them the United States and replaced with modern government of President Hamid Karzai.
State of the Talib. (Enhanced DVD) ISBN: 978-1-62290-999-5 Run Time: 50 Minutes Copyright Date: 2001 CC