January 26, 2001 |
Afghanistan's Taliban rulers have jailed 22 barbers for giving men Leonardo DiCaprio-style haircuts that are deemed offensive to Islam because the long bangs interfere with the ability to bow and say prayers. The hairstyle, referred to among young men in Kabul as "the Titanic," mimics that of DiCaprio in the blockbuster movie.
January 21, 2001 |
Muslims gathered in mosques throughout drought-stricken Afghanistan to pray for rain on the orders of the ruling Taliban militia. In a Radio Shariat broadcast, the supreme leader of the ruling Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, ordered the faithful to the mosques for three days of prayer aimed at ending the worst drought in 30 years. The United Nations says drought and fighting have pushed more than 100,000 Afghans to flee to Pakistan in the last five months.
January 9, 2001 |
The supreme leader of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban movement warned that any Afghan converting to Christianity or promoting other religions will be executed. In his decree, Mullah Mohammed Omar also warned booksellers that they face five years in prison if they sell material insulting Islam or promoting "wrong beliefs."
October 2, 2000 |
A generation after the Soviet invasion launched Afghanistan into a vicious cycle of war, the strict Islamic movement known as the Taliban has scored a series of military victories in recent days that have given it control of more than 95% of the rugged Central Asian nation, according to senior Taliban officials and U.S. intelligence reports. The latest offensive could mark a turning point both politically and militarily for the Taliban, which seized power in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in 1996.
August 14, 2000 |
Four years after imposing one of the world's harshest Islamic regimes, the armed movement known as the Taliban is beginning to lose its grip. In villages across Afghanistan, families that once offered up their sons to fight in the country's long civil war are now refusing--and even battling to keep the clerics at bay. In the cities, Afghans are resisting the harsh edicts enforced by whip-wielding Taliban police.
April 25, 1999 |
Outside this remote mountain village languishes a group of self-styled Muslim warriors who carried their holy war into the ranks of Islam itself. More than 100 Pakistani fighters are being held captive at Lejdeh, in northeastern Afghanistan, by this nation's opposition government, which is locked in a civil war with the radical Islamic group known as the Taliban.