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March 16, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
At the tender age of 24, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi has one of the tougher sells in the world: trying to launch a major charm offensive on behalf of the ruling Taliban party of Afghanistan. At a Town Hall forum Thursday, Hashemi, the Taliban's roving envoy, seemed to find very few buyers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
At the tender age of 24, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi has one of the tougher sells in the world: trying to launch a major charm offensive on behalf of the ruling Taliban party of Afghanistan. At a Town Hall forum Thursday, Hashemi, the Taliban's roving envoy, seemed to find very few buyers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2001
Re "Overture by Taliban Hits Resistance," March 16: Are the Taliban of Afghanistan really so stupid that they think we Americans are so stupid that we could be swayed by their goodwill ambassador Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi? I don't think so. My heart goes out to the people of Afghanistan, but it is time for the Taliban to step out of the early part of the first millennium and into the 21st century. BARBARA MACE OTAKI Mission Viejo
OPINION
March 25, 2001
Re your March 16 reporting of the weeklong "charm offensive" that a young representative of Afghanistan's Taliban government recently waged in California: That Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi would refute the fact that his government denies education, jobs and health care to Afghan women is as unsurprising as it is dishonest. The spin he is putting on the Taliban's destruction of ancient Buddhist statues--that they were destroyed in protest because the international community showed more concern about these statues than about the Afghans--ignores the fact that the Taliban has targeted thousands of artifacts at the same time that food aid is being delivered to Afghanistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In a growing intellectual challenge to Islamic practices abroad, leading Southern California Muslim scholars Thursday denounced the ruling Taliban's destruction of Buddhist statues in Afghanistan as contrary to their faith's laws and traditions.
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March 20, 2001 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Taliban envoy appealed to the Bush administration Monday to overlook his group's support of extremist Osama bin Laden and the destruction of priceless centuries-old Buddhist sculptures and lift sanctions on Afghanistan to help alleviate a humanitarian crisis threatening the lives of a million people. Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi delivered a letter from the Taliban for President Bush that called for better U.S.-Afghan relations and negotiations to solve the dispute over the Saudi-born Bin Laden.
WORLD
October 22, 2004 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Three years after U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban, a breakaway faction of the hard-line Islamic movement is trying to make a comeback by seeking government permission to participate in next year's parliamentary elections. The former Taliban members have turned against their fugitive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, and want a share of power at the ballot box, according to intelligence and diplomatic sources and Taliban leaders. With backing from the U.S.
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