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They were motivated by the suffering among the Afghan people which they believed resulted from power struggles between Afghan groups who did not adhere to the moral code of Islam.

[5] In September of 1994, Mullah Mohammad Omar, the future leader of the Taliban, left Sang-i-Hisar Madrassa in Maiwand, where he had been studying since the end of the Soviet occupation.

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[9] Over the next two months, the Taliban took control of 12 provinces and by February 1995, its numbers had grown to 25,000 fighters.

[10] Following its initial mobilization, the Taliban received heavy support from Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence agency (ISI).

[15] Following the August 7, 1998 bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by Al Qaeda, the US launched air strikes in Afghanistan, targeting sites believed to be part of Al Qaeda’s network.

[16] The Taliban announced that Osama Bin Laden had not been killed in the attacks.

Disappointed that Islamic law had not been put in place following the ousting of communist rule, Mullah Omar gathered a small group of students and pledged to rid Afghanistan of warlords and criminals.

[6] With just 50 students supporting his campaign, Mullah Omar founded the group that would later become known as the Taliban.

[14] By 1998, the Taliban had come to control 90 percent of the country.

Taliban-governed Afghanistan became an international pariah for its human rights abuses and refusal to surrender bin Laden and other internationally wanted criminals.

Over the course of the following year, 12 of the 34 Afghan provinces fell under Taliban control.

[1]April 19, 2016: Armed militants in Afghanistan stormed a key government security agency in Kabul as part of a coordinated assault, killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 320.

Within months, the Taliban grew to 15,000 as students from madrassas in Pakistan joined the movement.

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