The group was arguably more effective – and less corrupt – at collecting taxes than the former government.
Education for girls was also limited during the Taliban’s previous period of control in Afghanistan, from 1996 to 2001.
One year after the Taliban reclaimed power in Afghanistan, life for many Afghan people is mired in poverty and oppression.
The Taliban promised not to allow Afghanistan to be used by groups seeking to attack the US, yet terrorist groups have only become more emboldened under its rule.
Research into 70 new Taliban policies to control women and girls shows the extremist, misogynistic group might be using different tactics, but it still poses grave dangers to Afghan society.
Afghan women activists, leaders and former politicians who are now in exile are telling of the continued struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan and women’s diverse strategies of resistance.
A new book by Australian photo-journalist Andrew Quilty records the last chaotic days of the failed American nation-building exercise in Afghanistan.
The assassination of the leader of al-Qaida in Kabul raises some important questions about divisions among the Taliban leadership.
The US strike against al-Zawahri leaves the future of al-Qaida at a crossroads as the terrorist movement looks for a new leader.
In the year since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, human rights abuses are off the charts, particularly towards women and ethnic minorities.
Girls’ secondary schools remain closed in Afghanistan, despite international pressure.
The Taliban’s recent abduction of 40 people, and gang rape of eight women, has not captured Western media attention. But activists inside Afghanistan point to worrying levels of violence.
Four months after the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, a clearer picture of their rule is emerging. Despite public assurances, the Taliban continue to violate human rights.
The Taliban is recruiting a unit of suicide bombers to combat insurgency in Afghanistan.
Even if the money were released, the likelihood of the corrupt and inept Taliban using it to fix the humanitarian crisis afflicting the country is remote.
As the Afghan economy collapses, drugs and people smuggling are booming.
Even in the absence of a moral motive to alleviate famine, there is a strong rationale for the West to do whatever’s necessary to alleviate hunger in Afghanistan this winter.
Violent performance is the Taliban’s language. If we view them as savage, backward or misogynistic, the opportunity to learn how to face them is missed.
Scott Lucas, foreign policy expert, and Kambaiz Rafi, political economy researcher, discuss potential developments in Afghanistan under the new Taliban government.
With travel to Afghanistan is nearly impossible right now and difficult questions over the types of evidence that would be admissible in court, investigators have their work cut out for them.