Islamic fundamentalist nationalist movement in Afghanistan which has its roots in neighboring Pakistan.
The Taliban (which translates as “students”) were in power in Afghanistan from 1996-2001 and enforced their strict interpretation of the Sharia law. Since the US-led invasion in 2001 and the toppling of the Taliban regime, the insurgents are again on the rise.
US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other senior Afghan officials. The visit comes just days after the US dropped an 11-ton MOAB bomb on a mountain hideout for militants.