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What’s the Appeal of the Taliban?

May 13, 2009

From NPR, a long-from audio report on the appeal of the Taliban to local populations. Though we demonize them, how does their philosophy and way of life win them converts and supporters?

The Taliban brutally flogged a teenage girl, burned schools to the ground and advanced to within 60 miles of Pakistan’s capital. Despite the stern rules and intolerant attitude, many Pakistanis support the Taliban insurgency. Why? Who are the Taliban, and what’s their appeal? Neal Conan explores those questions with authors and experts on the region.

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