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A woman who’s not wearing a hijab flashes a victory sign as she walks around in the old main bazaar of Tehran, Iran, on Oct. 1, 2022. Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets over the last two weeks to protest the death of a woman who was detained by the morality police for allegedly wearing her mandatory Islamic veil too loosely. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iranian women keep up the pressure for real change – but will broad public support continue?

To many Iranians, a revolution has happened given the public’s embrace of women and their demands amid ongoing protests. The question is whether the solidarity holds up and the regime listens.
In 2014, the Islamic State group could draw crowds of supporters, like these in Mosul, Iraq. But actual fighting recruits have been harder to come by. AP Photo

Al-Qaida, Islamic State group struggle for recruits

A second plot was planned on 9/11, but there were too few terrorists to carry it off. Twenty years later, al-Qaida and its offshoot the Islamic State group still have trouble attracting recruits.
Muslim students report being teased and harassed when schools focus on 9/11. Jasmin Merdan

Lessons about 9/11 often provoke harassment of Muslim students

Comments made during class discussions about 9/11 often put Muslim students on edge, according to a researcher who interviewed 55 Muslim students in and around the nation’s capital.
Personnel were evacuated from the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021, as Taliban insurgents broke through the capital city’s defensive line. AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

Afghan government collapses, Taliban seize control: 5 essential reads

The Taliban ‘expect a complete handover of power.’ Experts explain who the Taliban are, what life is like under their rule and how the US may bear responsibility for Afghanistan’s collapse.
In early 2021, some Taliban fighters surrendered their weapons to support peace talks with the Afghan government. Today the Islamic extremist group is battling government forces to control the country. Xinhua/Emran Waak via Getty Images

Afghanistan after the US withdrawal: The Taliban speak more moderately but their extremist rule hasn’t evolved in 20 years

Two decades have passed since the US invasion of Afghanistan toppled the Taliban’s Islamic extremist regime. Despite efforts to update its image, the group still holds hard-line views.

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