Eric, Rob and Rudy join for the second part of the Afghanistan podcast, which covers the start of the Afghan civil war, the birth of the Taliban and their takeover of the country, 9/11 and the US Invasion, the period of the occupation government and the Taliban resurgence and return. We discuss the origins of the Taliban, and what has made them popular throughout the decades, what the US occupation government meant to the Afghan people, the differences between the first and second Emirates, the enigmatic figure of Mullah Omar, as well as the Taliban-Bin Laden relationships. We conclude with thoughts on what can we learn from this whole period, including thoughts on the topics of stageism and ethnicity.
Betty Dam – Looking for the Enemy: Mullah Omar and the Unknown Taliban
Antonio Giustozzi – The Islamic State in Khorasan
Anand Gopal – No Good Men Among The Living: America, the Taliban and the War through Afghan Eyes; The Other Afghan Women
Alex van Linschoten, Felix Kuehn – An Enemy We Created: The Myth of the Taliban-Al Qaeda Merger in Afghanistan, 1970-2010
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