How did a small group of Islamic students from locals wake up to one of the most infamous and enigmatic forces in the world? The Taliban is a name that has haunted the American imagination since 2001. The scenes of the group’s brutality, repeatedly played in the Western media, may obscure our ability to see the complex origins of the Taliban and how they affect the lives of Afghans. . It is a shadow that extends beyond the great, ancient Afghan homeland, the reputation of the modern state, and throughout global politics. At the end of the American war in Afghanistan, we go back to the end of the Soviet occupation and the start of the Afghan civil war to look at the progress of the Taliban. Their story concludes Throughline’s two-episode study of the past, present and future of the country that was once called “the center of the world.
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