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Mapping the Taliban

Behind Taliban Lines follows a disparate group of insurgents -- some are Taliban; most are members of warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-i-Islami militia. This small group of fighters represents the war's reality -- inside Afghanistan alone there are well over 150 distinct groups that are considered Taliban, or are aligned with them and/or Al Qaeda. They have different goals, but the one thing that unites them is the war against foreign occupiers. This map highlights some of the Taliban's primary leaders, their areas of operation, and which ones could be potential participants in U.S. reconciliation efforts.

Mullah Mohammad Omar
Jalaluddin and Siraj Haqqani
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
Baitullah and Hakimullah Mehsud


Institute for the Study of War, American Enterprise Institute, Jamestown Foundation, Al Jazeera, Asia Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC; Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Carnegie Endowment for Peace, The Long War Journal, CounterPunch, Foreign Policy, U.S. State Department, The U.S. Institute for Peace, Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy Research Institute.


posted february 23, 2010

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