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.
Hundreds of Muslims have spoken out against terrorism in a Cologne demonstration. DW's Shamil Shams believes while it is a good step, Muslims living in the West need to do a lot more to cast off the "extremist image."