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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.
Women TV presenters in Afghanistan have been ordered to cover their faces on screen. The new diktat is the latest salvo is what is beginning to look like a systematic campaign of repression against women, despite Taliban assurances to the contrary.