The Taliban is a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan which is at present waging war within that country. It was founded in 1994 and from 1996 to 2001, it was governing the country enforcing a strict interpretation of Islamic or Sharia law. Many leading Muslims as well as much of the international community were highly critical of the Taliban government and ways. Mullah Mohammed Omar was the supreme leader and spiritual head of the Taliban until 2013 when he died of natural causes. He was replaced by Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was elected in 2015. But again, there are conflicting reports about him with some reports claiming that he is killed and others saying that he is badly injured. There are many smaller militant groups operating within Afghanistan that directly or indirectly supports the Taliban.

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