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The Taliban is an Islamist movement of Pashtun tribesman. It rules large parts of Afghanistan and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from September 1996 until October 2001. Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban.

After the 9/11 attack, the Taliban were overthrown by an American-led invasion of Afghanistan. The current major headquarters of Taliban is believed to be near Quetta in Pakistan.

Taliban Timeline

2008

In August 2008, Pakistan conducted a series of air assaults in Bajaur in which over 400 Taliban casualities are reported. The US administration has criticized the Pakistan military brass for declaring a cease-fire in the border areas near Afghanistan ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan. Reports say Gordon Brown narrowly escaped a bid by Taliban assassins by a whisker

Also during the month, Barak Obama's spokesperson said that if Obama would approach the EU to win support for more forces to fight the Talibans.

In October 2008, the Talibans are reported to have shot at a Brit woman in Kabul who is working for a Christian charity. About 27 talibans are killed after a fighter jets bombs a hideout in Swat.

2009

In February 2009, they released a video of beheading of Polish geologist Poitr Stancza and warned other kidnapped foreigners would meet the same fate if their demands were not met.

May Lahore Bombings

The Pakistan Talibans have claimed responsibility for the Lahore bombings in May 2009. A deputy to Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud is reported to have told the BBC over telephone that the attack was in response to the Pakistan army's continuing operation.

Reports in May 2009 suggested the Taliban is planning a great coup and bonanza by bringing down famed British Chinooks in the hope that the attack will weaken Britains resolve to continue the campaign in Helmand. Earlier during the month, 10 Pak soldiers are abducted in Malakand from their local headquarters in Dir town, which borders the troubled Swat valley. Talibansattacked a Pak Army convoy in Bari Kot region and killed a soldier. This forced the Pakistan to do an army assult in Buner which forced civilians in the region to flee. The opposition party in India, the BJP formed an Indian delegation that met Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik urged Pakistan to ensure safety of minorities in Taliban areas.

In August 2009, Taliban announcedunilateral ceasefire in North Waziristan during the fasting month of Ramazan. An Afghan journalist known as an outspoken critic of the Taliban, was killed by unknown gunmen as the bus he was travelling passed through the Khyber Pass. Special Australian security forces, the Diggers, have reportedly killed senior Taliban leader Mullah Karim in a special operation primarily targeting the hardcore extremists in the Oruzgan province of Afghanistan.


2012

Attack on Camp Bastion

The Taliban have attacked a Nato base in Afghanistan in the early hours on September 15, 2012. At least two NATO service members were killed and several others were injured. The heavily armed Taliban attackers breached the perimeter of Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan and attacked the Nato base damaging buildings, hangers and a number of aircrafts. Prince Harry who is on a four-month combat tour, who is also based at the camp is safe. Initial estimates show that there are at least 20 attackers.

Spokesman for the Taliban, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said: “We attacked that base because Prince Harry was also on it and so they can know our anger. Thousands more suicide attackers are ready to give up their lives for the sake of the Prophet,"

Attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai

The Taliban has gunned down a teenage school activist, Malala Yousafzai, on 9 October 2012. Masked Taliban gunmen singled out the schoolgirl in a bus and then shot in the head and neck. Two other girls were injured in the attack. All three survived, but Yousafzai's condition was said to be critical as a bullet was lodged close to her brain. Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed the attack and said, "She has become a symbol of Western culture in the area; she was openly propagating it. Let this be a lesson."

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