Afghanistan (Nations in Transition) by Steven Otfinoski

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They were like a raft on the river. ” Uprooting the Taliban was relatively easy, but al-Qaeda was another matter. The terrorists hid in the rugged mountains, and often in caves. S. combat units could flush them out was to fight them, cave by cave. Osama bin Laden eluded capture, although several of his lieutenants were captured or killed. Eventually many of the surviving alQaeda terrorists fled across the border, supposedly into northern Pakistan where they had many sympathizers. S. Department of Defense in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

30 “‘Islamic faith is a bright light . ’” New York Times Magazine, September 30, 2001, p. 49. p. 31 “‘Even if it [the United States] were twice as strong . ” Guardian Unlimited website. Available on-line. html. Downloaded on November 25, 2002. p. 33 “‘The destruction by the Taliban . ’” Jamey Keaton. ” Afghan Info Center website. Available on-line. com/Research_Articles/Taliban_DestroyStatues. htm#memory. Downloaded on December 18, 2002. p. 33 “‘In October [1996] one woman . ’” Michael Griffin.

Well organized and with the single-mindedness of true believers, the Taliban began to build their forces in southern Afghanistan. Many Afghans found Islamic fundamentalism appealing, and the Taliban’s call for law and order a righteous one. Compared to the selfish, power-driven warlords, the Taliban seemed like saints. THE NEW INVADERS (1979 TO THE PRESENT) ■ 31 h MULLAH MUHAMMAD OMAR (b. 1962) One of the most mysterious men in modern Afghan history, Mullah Muhammad Omar controlled Afghanistan for six years with his unique brand of Islamic extremism, social righteousness, and religious mysticism.

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