Middle East education … continues here!
My cliff notes knowledge is limited but this is what I know. The hardline Sunni Taliban is an export from Pakistan into Afghanistan around 1994, to counter the Soviet Union’s aggression. They are NOT the same as al-Qaeda. After the attacks on 9/11, President Bush and the press seem to conflate the two groups by indicating that al-Qaeda was responsible for the US bombings but that the Taliban provided them shelter in Afghanistan. The impression was created in the minds of the public that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda were the same terrorist entity.
Mullah-Omar-former/ deceased Taliban leader
This belief of the Taliban and al-Qaeda being intertwined together, came to be accepted even though the Taliban played no role in the 9/11 attacks, had no prior knowledge of the attacks and that they publicly condemned the actions by al-Qaeda. The two groups are very different in their ideologies, goals, backgrounds, ethnicity, culture and history. The US military was successful in defeating al-Qaeda for at least a temporary…
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