The Haqqani Network: The New Kingmakers in Kabul


The Haqqani Network: The New Kingmakers in Kabul

Nov 12, 2021 1 min read
Jeff M. Smith

Director, Asian Studies Center

Jeff Smith is Director of The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center.
Burqa-clad women wait in line during a World Food Programme food distribution on the outskirts of Kabul on November 6, 2021. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP / Getty Images

In some ways, the Taliban that is now in power in Kabul looks a great deal like the Taliban that ruled Afghanistan in the run-up to 9/11. In their first weeks in office, the Taliban whipped women in publictortured journaliststargeted minoritiesexecuted former collaborators with the United States, and canceled female sports and secondary education.


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This piece originally appeared in War on The Rocks