The UnAustralian

Tuesday, July 22, 2003
The Rise of the Taliban

Time have an online article on the current state of the Taliban. In a nutshell, it can be said that they are regrouping, using sanctuaries in Pakistan. While still weak, they are recruiting and making alliances with the warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Also of interest, is the stuff on reconstruction efforts.

A school or clinic built by the coalition, NGOs or local government can have a huge impact on a village, providing not only services but also a rebuttal to the Taliban's call to jihad. In Tani, a village in Khost province a few kilometers from the border with Pakistan, parents say school enrollment has doubled, and a 14-year-old boy excitedly describes a curriculum that now includes science, math and English. At a fruit stand in Logar province, Shakur, 60, says his village now has a medical clinic. The Taliban, he says, "did nothing for this country."

If the Taliban and their ideological allies are to be defeated, reconstruction of Afghanistan is vital.
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