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Taliban Targets Sheer Clothing

The Taliban continues to play the role of fashion cops in Pakistan. Shopkeepers have been warned they can be fined as much as $500 if they sell sheer or tight-fitting clothes for men.  The Taliban wants everyone looking suitably nondescript for the holy month of Ramadan.

Taliban Plans Spring Offensive

The Taliban in Afghanistan has vowed to begin a new campaign of mass suicide attacks on foreign military bases and diplomatic areas as part of a new spring offensive. A Taliban spokesman announced that militants will use ‘special tactics against invading foreign forces’ and will target the government in Kabul that the Taliban views as a puppet of the West.

World’s Most Dangerous Border

While in Bajaur, Pakistan — considered the main refuge and supply-route for Taliban insurgents — Shane Smith from Vice gets a first-hand look at what a raid operation with Bajaur Scouts looks like.

Taliban Insurgency Feared

Residents and security forces in Wardak province, known as the “gateway to Kabul,” are fearful about the Taliban insurgency after US troops leave at the end  of 2014.

Islamists Target Vaccine Makers

Polio remains endemic in only three nations around the world — Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. But efforts to eradicate the disease in Pakistan have hit a brick wall, as radical Islamists have begun to systematically assassinate vaccine makers. Apparently, the Taliban-aligned killers believe that the vaccine makers from the United Nations are part of a front engaged in espionage operations.

Taliban Targets Children

Taliban assassins yesterday attacked 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, leaving the girl with a bullet wound in the head. Yousufzai, winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Award, was targeted because she has been an outspoken advocate of education for girls. The attack occurred as she was making her way home from school in Mingora, the region’s largest city. Doctors at the hospital in Mingora said the young victim should recover, but Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan — the Pakistani Taliban — vowed that the group would target her again if she survives. Two other girls also were injured.

Here is a New York Times profile of Yousufzai and her family created in 2009, when she was only 11 years old. At the time, some 200 schools for girls were being closed across Pakistan in areas under control of the Taliban. The closures included a school run by Yousufzai’s father, who expressed great sadness over the edict while also refusing to leave the Swat Valley.

Taliban’s War on Women

A video of an Afghan woman being killed in front of cheering men shocked the world. Who was she? And how could it happen? Yalda Hakim from Australia’s SBS Dateline reports from Afghanistan.

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