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Feb 4, 1995, 10:22:33 AM2/4/95
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Subj: AFGHANISTAN TALIBAN (L-ONLY) By JENNIFER GRIFFIN/JALALABAD

DATE=2/4/95
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-173529
TITLE=AFGHANISTAN TALIBAN (L-ONLY)
BYLINE=JENNIFER GRIFFIN
DATELINE=JALALABAD
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

INTRO: A GROUP OF AFGHAN RELIGIOUS STUDENTS, KNOWN AS TALIBAN,
HAVE EMERGED AS A NEW FORCE DURING FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN. THE
STUDENTS HAVE TAKEN CONTROL OF SEVERAL SOUTHERN PROVINCES IN THE
PAST SIX MONTHS, AND ARE ADVANCING TOWARD THE CAPITAL, KABUL.
FOLLOWING A TRIP TO JALALABAD, JENNIFER GRIFFIN REPORTS FOR V-O-A
LEADERS IN NEIGHBORING PROVINCES ARE PREPARING FOR THE STUDENTS'
ADVANCE.

TEXT: THE TALIBAN ARE AFGHAN STUDENTS TRAINED IN RELIGIOUS
SCHOOLS AND REFUGEE CAMPS IN PAKISTAN. THEY ARE THE NEWEST ARMED
GROUP IN THE AFGHAN CIVIL WAR. THE STUDENTS SAY THEY HAVE
ADVANCED TO WITHIN 30-KILOMETERS OF KABUL, WHERE OPPOSING
FACTIONS CONTINUE TO TRADE ARTILLERY FIRE AND ROCKETS DAILY.

OFFICIALS IN BOTH KABUL AND JALALABAD SAY THE MILITANT STUDENTS
ARE FIGHTING IN WARDAK PROVINCE, SOUTHWEST OF KABUL. MORE THAN
ONE-THOUSAND TALIBAN ARE REPORTEDLY ON THE MOVE TOWARD THE
PROVINCIAL CAPITAL -- MAIDAN SHAHR -- AN AREA HELD BY
FUNDAMENTALIST FORCES LOYAL TO FORMER PRIME MINISTER GULBUDDIN
HEKMATYAR.

MR. HEKMATYAR IS THE PRINCIPAL OPPONENT OF PRESIDENT BURHANUDDIN
RABBANI. ANALYSTS SAY IF THE TALIBAN'S MARCH CONTINUES, THE
STUDENTS WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO ATTACK MR. HEKMATYAR'S BASE
JUST SOUTH OF KABUL.

THE TALIBAN RELIGIOUS FIGHTERS HAVE GAINED NOTORIETY IN RECENT
MONTHS AS A POWERFUL FORCE AND A CHALLENGE TO AFGHAN MUJAHEDDIN
LEADERS. THE STUDENTS TOOK THE SOUTHERN TOWN OF KANDAHAR IN
NOVEMBER, AND SWEPT THROUGH THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST OPIUM-PRODUCING
PROVINCE -- HELMAND -- REPORTEDLY BURNING POPPY CROPS AS THEY
WENT.

THE TALIBAN SAY THEY WANT AN ISLAMIC GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN.
IN THE PROVINCES THEY CONQUER THE STUDENTS ARE IMPLEMENTING
STRICT ADHERENCE TO ISLAMIC LAW, INCLUDING PROVISIONS WOMEN MUST
BE VEILED.

LEADERS OF OTHER PROVINCES ARE SAID TO BE NERVOUS THEY WILL
BECOME THE TARGET OF THE TALIBAN'S AGGRESSION -- SOME APPEAR TO
BE ENFORCING REFORMS TO HEAD OFF THE RELIGIOUS STUDENTS' ATTEMPTS
TO INFLUENCE THEIR AREAS.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, NANGAHAR PROVINCE GOVERNOR HAJI QADIR SAID THE
TALIBAN WERE WELCOME IN HIS PROVINCE. HE SAID IF THE PROVINCIAL
RELIGIOUS LEADERS ASK HIM TO LEAVE IN FAVOR OF THE TALIBAN, HE
AND THE JALALABAD SHOORA, A GOVERNING COMMITTEE, WOULD GO.

BUT, OBSERVERS NOTE MR. QADIR HAS RECENTLY TAKEN STEPS THAT
APPEAR TO BE AN ATTEMPT TO APPEASE THE TALIBAN.

THE GOVERNOR RECENTLY STARTED CRACKING DOWN ON DRUG PRODUCTION BY
DESTROYING POPPY FIELDS. HE HAS ALSO ISSUED AN ORDER THAT ALL
WOMEN WORKING OUTSIDE THE HEALTH AND EDUCATION OCCUPATIONS BE
SENT HOME FROM THEIR JOBS.

/// REST OPT ///

THE TALIBAN DENY RECEIVING SUPPORT FROM NEIGHBORING PAKISTAN.
BUT, OBSERVERS NOTE THE TIMING OF THE GROUP'S EMERGENCE. THE
STUDENTS APPEARED ON THE SCENE IN NOVEMBER, AFTER A PAKISTANI
TRUCK CONVOY TRYING TO OPEN A ROUTE TO CENTRAL ASIA WAS HIJACKED
BY AFGHAN WARLORDS. THE TALIBAN REPORTEDLY FREED THE CONVOY AND
TOOK CONTROL OF KANDAHAR. (SIGNED)

NEB/RAE

04-Feb-95 6:38 AM EST (1138 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America

domotang

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Jan 11, 2005, 2:37:16 AM1/11/05
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I'll bet the US kicks their rear.

Moses

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May 30, 2011, 10:59:55 PM5/30/11
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TALIBAN is EVIL

1995年2月4日土曜日23時22分33秒 UTC+8 AZIZ:

Z3Rt

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Jul 7, 2012, 4:45:14 AM7/7/12
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Who would have thought the taliban would have been responsible for all of this back then. If we only had known.
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