The Soviets succumbed to the inevitable. With a weakened economy, internal divisions and a move to better integrate into the international community, the Soviets decided it was time to leave Afghanistan, around 10 years after invading.
Females would suffer heavily under the Taliban. When allowed out of the home, Afghan girls would have to wear the traditional burqa veil. Education of women was frowned upon. Women’s main role was to produce more Islamic fighters.
From Islamabad to Guantanamo. TheTaliban’s ambassador to Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef, was on screens worldwide following the 9/11 attacks. He acted as a de facto spokesperson for the Taliban in response to US demands that Afghanistan give up the organizers of the attacks, and specifically Osama bin Laden. The Taliban’s defence of the organizers led to the first military action to oust the Taliban – the US-led operation Enduring Freedom.
Enduring Freedom – US Marines Expeditionary Unit leads others to a security position after seizing a Taliban forward-operating base.
NATO took over the lead of the international effort in Afghanistan from 2003 in Afghanistan. Following a modest start, it ramped up its efforts over the next 11 years to provide a force of over 150,000 soldiers from over 50 countries, drawn from both within and outside NATO.
Teach a man to fish. An Afghan Soldier with 3rd Commando Kandak makes adjustments to his mounted night vision device while fellow Commandos and US soldiers with Special Operations Task Force - South conduct final mission preparations before an operation to remove insurgents from Lam village, Khakrez District.
Tolonews website runs a story on its front page reporting on the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in Kabul May 23, 2011. But it proved to be a false lead - and Omar continues to be the Taliban’s spiritual leader.
Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (L) and Abdullah Abdullah (R) have to move from Presidential candidate rivals to working in a new inclusive government. Following disputes over the results of the country’s most recent election, the two have joined forces, with Abdullah taking a ‘chief executive’ role in the Ghani-led government.