Taliban representative to the U.N.
Abdul Hakim Muhajid met with GlobalPost in June 2009 in a heavily guarded residence in Afghanistan's capital Kabul. He represented the Taliban to the United Nations in New York for four years, and was living in Flushing, Queens as the events of Sept. 11, 2001, unfolded.
Muhajid said he and his colleagues came to Afghanistan in 2005 to try to bring mutual understanding between the Afghan government and the armed opposition, though they weren't given specific responsibility to do so. The Taliban is not a revolutionary group of radicals, he said, rather "a traditional people who rose up here in Afghanistan with no affiliation with religious movements."