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July 2013: "The long saga began in November 2001, when Taliban prisoners who had surrendered to Northern Alliance commander Abdul Rashid Dostum were transported in shipping containers without food or water. According to eyewitness accounts and forensic work by human rights investigators, hundreds of men died of suffocation while others were shot, and their bodies buried at the desert site of Dasht-i-Leili."

October 2013: "Although the Pakistani Army forced the Taliban from Swat during a major military operation in 2009, pockets of militants remain, occasionally striking against soldiers or activists like Ms. Yousafzai."

October 2012: "Malala knew she was on a TTP hit list, but she did not back down. The Taliban, whose religious, social and political views are founded on a brutally anti-woman ideology, cannot countenance even a young girl challenging their ideas on a blog."

July 2011: 'Mr. Shahzad prided himself on staying out of the mainstream press, preferring, he wrote in a preface to his recently published book, “Inside Al Qaeda and the Taliban,” to challenge the “conventional wisdom.”'

May 2010: "Karzai's private discussions with Obama provided some clarity on these issues, according to a senior administration official. The jirga will be a modest first step, setting a framework for later discussions. The Afghan leader envisions a Taliban dialogue that eventually could include the dominant Quetta Shura, headed by Mohammad Omar, and the allied group headed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The United States, meanwhile, sees Pakistan as the essential intermediary in any future dialogue with the network directed by Sirajuddin Haqqani."

September 2009: "KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — A NATO airstrike on Friday exploded two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by the Taliban, setting off competing claims about how many among the scores of dead were civilians and raising questions about whether the strike violated tightened rules on the use of aerial bombardment."

January 0001: 'Today, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Swat and Pakistani troops launching an offensive to drive out the Taliban forces, the pendulum of public opinion has swung dramatically. The threat of "Talibanization" is being denounced in Parliament and on opinion pages, and the original defenders of an agreement that authorized sharia in Swat are in sheepish retreat.'

November 2008: "If you've been following Human Nature's coverage of this war, you know the players: On one side, anti-American insurgents from al-Qaida and the Taliban; on the other, unmanned aerial spying and killing machines operated from the United States. We're less than thrilled about putting American troops on the ground in the treacherous physical and political terrain of northwest Pakistan. We tried it once, and the Pakistani government basically threatened to fight us. So we're hunting our enemies there by remote control, with drones. The death tally from the drones since August is around 100."

September 2006: Afghani Islamic group which governed most of Afghanistan 1996-2002.

January 2002: Interviews with people in villages and cities, and with analysts, officials, mullahs and journalists indicate that the Taliban's lopsided defeat in Afghanistan and the abandonment of its Pakistani followers -- scores of whom were rounded up following the Taliban's collapse -- have dealt a blow to religious radicals here [Pakistan--Ed.], who have lost much of their public support.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Mullah Muhammad Omar Person Apr 1, 2008
Opponent (past or present) Malala Yousafzai Person Oct 12, 2013

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Oct 11, 2013 Pakistani Girl, a Global Heroine After an Attack, Has Critics at Home

QUOTE: speculation grew that Ms. Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, might win the Nobel Peace Prize....But after a week of intense news coverage, during which she released her memoir and won a prestigious European award for human rights, Ms. Yousafzai’s stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world — everywhere, it seems, except at home.

New York Times
Jul 31, 2013 White House Closes Inquiry Into Afghan Massacre – and Will Release No Details

QUOTE: Soon after taking office, President Obama pledged to open a new inquiry into the deaths of perhaps thousands of Taliban prisoners of war at the hands of U.S.-allied Afghan fighters in late 2001. Last month, the White House told ProPublica it was still “looking into” the apparent massacre. Now it says it has concluded its investigation – but won’t make it public.

Oct 11, 2012 Girl's courage, Taliban's cowardice

QUOTE: It was all about [the Taliban--Ed.] imposing their will, their version of Islamic law, and subjugating the entire population, but women in particular. The Taliban reportedly had destroyed more than 200 schools and ordered all girls' schools shut down when Malala slowly emerged from obscurity. In 2009, she started writing a blog for the BBC under a pseudonym, talking about her dreams for the future and how the Taliban were pushing those aspirations further and further out of reach.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 21, 2011 In Islamic Law, Gingrich Sees a Mortal Threat to U.S.

QUOTE: Mr. Gingrich was articulating a much-disputed thesis in vogue with some conservative thinkers but roundly rejected by many American Muslims, scholars of Islam and counterterrorism officials. The anti-Shariah theorists say that just as communism posed an ideological and moral threat to America separate from the menace of Soviet missiles, so today radical Islamists are working to impose Shariah in a “stealth jihad” that is no less dangerous than the violent jihad of Al Qaeda.

New York Times
Jul 04, 2011 Pakistan’s Spies Tied to Slaying of a Journalist

QUOTE: Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country’s military, according to American officials.

New York Times
May 01, 2011 Costly Afghanistan Road Project Is Marred by Unsavory Alliances

QUOTE: The vast expenses and unsavory alliances surrounding the highway have become a parable of the corruption and mismanagement that turns so many well-intended development efforts in Afghanistan into sinkholes for the money of American taxpayers... There have been 364 attacks on the Gardez-Khost Highway.

New York Times
Apr 24, 2011 Are drones a technological tipping point in warfare?

QUOTE: The British study noted that drones are becoming increasingly automated. With minor technical advances, it said, a drone could soon be able to “fire a weapon based solely on its own sensors, or shared information, and without recourse to higher, human authority.”

Washington Post
Apr 24, 2011 Judging Detainees’ Risk, Often With Flawed Evidence

QUOTE: The documents reveal that the analysts sometimes ignored serious flaws in the evidence… They include detainees’ admissions without acknowledging other government documents that show the statements were later withdrawn, often attributed to abusive treatment or torture.

New York Times
Apr 04, 2011 Religion Does Its Worst

QUOTE: As for the killing itself — whether by infiltrated Taliban insurgents or not — it was a heinous crime against innocent people and should be denounced throughout the Islamic world, in mosques and beyond... Already, Muslims are victims in 14 percent of religious discrimination cases when they make up 1 percent of the population.

New York Times
Mar 10, 2011 Insurgents Kill Most Civilians, Military Says

QUOTE: About 88 percent of civilian casualties in Afghanistan over the past two years were caused by insurgents, while about 12 percent were the fault of American and coalition forces.

New York Times
Feb 05, 2011 Afghan Rights Fall Short for Christian Converts

QUOTE: Such has been Mr. Mussa’s life since his arrest for converting to Christianity nine months ago in a case that illustrates the contradictions — and limits — of religious freedom in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s Constitution, established in 2004, guarantees that people are “free to exercise their faith.” But it also leaves it open for the courts to rely on Shariah, or Islamic law, on issues like conversion.

New York Times
May 16, 2010 Afghan reconciliation strategy should reflect Pashtun culture

QUOTE: Conflicts start because of an insult to a tribe's honor, which requires a rite of revenge known as badal. The fighting continues until scores are settled and the combatants are exhausted. It's the mechanism of conflict resolution that's intriguing, in terms of U.S. strategy. Reconciliation begins with a process of repentance...

Washington Post
Sep 04, 2009 NATO Strike Magnifies Divide on Afghan War

QUOTE: A NATO airstrike on Friday exploded two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by the Taliban, setting off competing claims about how many among the scores of dead were civilians and raising questions about whether the strike violated tightened rules on the use of aerial bombardment.

New York Times
Aug 24, 2009 Karzai Opponent Alleges 'Widespread' Voter Fraud

QUOTE: The allegations of fraud, combined with the slow pace of vote tabulation and the cumbersome process for investigating complaints, are raising political tensions as the nation [Afghanistan] waits to see whether its second presidential election will produce a result that Afghans can trust.

Washington Post
Aug 03, 2009 'They Want to Destroy Christians' Spasm of Religious Violence Leaves a Pakistani Minority in Mourning, Frustration

QUOTE: Killing has become commonplace in Pakistan. But this attack [in Gojra] startled the country both for its ferocity and for its stark message to religious minorities.

Washington Post
May 10, 2009 Taliban-Style Justice Stirs Growing Anger: Sharia Being Perverted, Pakistanis Say

QUOTE: distinction between the Taliban version of Islam -- often described as narrow-minded, intolerant and punitive -- and what might be called the mainstream Pakistani version of Islam, which is generally described as moderate and flexible.

Washington Post
Nov 04, 2008 Call Off Your Drones: Negotiating with Pakistan over remote-controlled killing.

QUOTE: The tricky question is whether the drone attacks are directly alienating too many people or whether the Pakistani government is asking to Petraeus to call off the drones for more complicated reasons....If suicide bombs in hotels can force us to call off the drones, then terrorism is trumping remote-control technology.

Sep 02, 2008 American Inquiry Disputes Afghan Deaths

QUOTE: An American military investigation concluded Tuesday that 5 to 7 civilians and 30 to 35 Taliban were killed in an airstrike operation in western Afghanistan last month, many fewer than the 90 civilians that the Afghan government and the United Nations found in their preliminary investigations.

New York Times
Jun 23, 2008 Cover-Up Is Cited on Illegal Arms

QUOTE: A military attaché has told Congressional investigators that the American ambassador to Albania endorsed a plan by that country’s defense minister to remove evidence of illegal Chinese origins on ammunition being shipped from Albania to Afghanistan by a Miami Beach arms-dealing company.

New York Times
Jun 02, 2008 Taliban Leader Flaunts Power Inside Pakistan

QUOTE: Mr. Mehsud’s jaunty appearance in his home base, South Waziristan, a particularly unruly region of Pakistan’s tribal areas, underscored the wide latitude Pakistan’s government has granted the militants under a new series of peace deals, and its impact in Afghanistan, where NATO and American commanders say cross-border attacks have surged since talks for those peace deals began in March.

New York Times

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