Who are the Taliban?
What is the meaning of the word "Taliban"?
- The word Taliban means "students" in Pashto, a name used because many of the beginning members studied in Pakistani religious schools called madrassas.
There are also high concentration of the Taliban in southern and eastern Afghanistan, especially around the provinces of Zabul, Kandahar, Uruzgan, and Helmand --- one of the largest production centers in the world.
Who's in Charge?
Wanted:Mullah Mohammed Omar
The group's chief organizer during the 1990s, who has been in hiding since the 2001 coalition invasion.
A flamboyant, one-legged fighter who often serves as the group's spokesperson.
A former mujahedeen commander who joined the Taliban in the 1990s and trains fighters in North Waziristan,