10-10-07 - Rise of the Taliban

10-10-07 - Rise of the Taliban - The Pushtuns are in the...

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The Pushtuns are in the south of Afghanistan. They speak a Persian language, similar to but not understandable by Iranians. They were known as pastoral nomads. Pastoral nomadic societies tend to be organized by kinship and tribes. Clans are NOT TO FUCK WITH. In the center of Afghanistan are the Hazara people. Hazaras are probably the descendents of the Mongols. They are Shiite Muslims, but are not the same as in Iran and Iraq. Their religion is almost myth based. In the northeast corner are the Tajiks – Sunnis who speak Persian. They tended to be literate, and became the bureaucrats. The Soviets drew much of their support from industrial Tajiks. In the north are the Turkmens and Uzbeks. Cole’s Estimates: 44% of Afghans are Pushtuns. 25% Tajik and other Persian ethnicities 22% Hazaras When the Soviets withdrew, they left behind Najeeb. He attempted to establish a national unity government. He began to lose allies in the countryside – in 1992 Dostum rebelled against Najeeb in Mazar. The Mujahidin invaded the capital
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