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When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban

Quick Hits 171 – What we know and what’s next for Afghanistan

The Taliban have seized power in Afghanistan two weeks before the US was set to complete its troop withdrawal following a costly two-decade war. Listen as former CSIS intelligence veteran Phil Gurski looks at what we know and what’s next for Afghanistan.

Who are the Taliban?

Formed in 1994, the Taliban were former Afghan resistance fighters, known collectively as mujahedeen, who fought the Soviet forces in the 1980s. Their aim was to impose their interpretation of Islamic law on the country and remove any foreign influence. After the Taliban captured Kabul in 1996, the Sunni Islamist organization put in place strict rules: women had to wear full body coverings, weren’t allowed to work or study and were forbidden from traveling alone. TV, music and non-Islamic holidays were also banned.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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Welcome back, Phil!
Hope you and your family are healthy and happy. Thank you for your informative podcast.

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