Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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Not to be confused with Emirate of Afghanistan.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
د افغانستان اسلامي امارات
Da Afghanistan Islami Amarat

1996[1]–2001
Flag Emblem
Motto
lā ʾilāha ʾillà l-Lāh, Muḥammadun rasūlu l-Lāh
لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله
"There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God"
Capital Kabul (Official)[2]
Kandahar (De facto)[3]
Languages Pashto[4]
Religion Deobandi Islam[5]
Government Islamic theocracy
Totalitarian dictatorship
Amir al-Mu'minin
 -  1996–2001 Mohammed Omar
Prime Minister
 -  1996–2001 Mohammad Rabbani
 -  2001 Abdul Kabir (acting)
Legislature Jirga
Historical era Civil War / War on Terror
 -  Battle of Kabul 27 September 1996[1]
 -  Fall of Kabul 13 November 2001
Area
 -  2000 587,578 km² (226,865 sq mi)
Population
 -  2001 est. 26,813,057 
Currency Afghani
Internet TLD .iea

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan[6] (Pashto: د افغانستان اسلامي امارات, Da Afghanistan Islami Amarat) was the state established in 1996 when the Taliban began their rule of Afghanistan and ended with their fall from power in 2001. Even at the peak of their influence, the Taliban did not control the entirety of Afghanistan, as about 10% of the country in the northeast was held by the Northern Alliance.[7]

History[edit]

The Taliban and its rule arose from the chaos of post-Soviet Afghanistan. It began as an Islamic fundamentalist politico-religious movement composed of madrasa students in southern Afghanistan. Overwhelmingly ethnic Pashtuns, the Taliban blended Pashtunwali tribal code with elements of Deobandi Islamic teaching to form an anti-Western and anti-modern Islamic ideology with which it ruled.[8] It began to receive support from neighboring Pakistan as well as from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the meantime, countries like the United States and others were watching from a distance and hoping that this new movement would end the Afghan civil war.

The Taliban were particularly brutal towards those they considered non-Afghans. Pashtun people comprised the vast majority of the Taliban movement. As the Taliban expanded from their southern and south-eastern strongholds, they encountered more resistance due to the fact that their brand of Deobandi Islam incorporated the pashtun tribal code of Pashtunwali[9][10] and was therefore alien to the other ethnic groups of Afghanistan.[11][12] The Battles of Mazar-i-Sharif (1997–98) where Taliban fighters killed between 8000-10,000[13] Hazaras and Uzbeks in response to 3000 executed Taliban fighters is an example of this ethnic tension.[14]

Spreading from Kandahar, the Taliban eventually seized Kabul in 1996. By the end of 2000, the Taliban were able to capture 90% of the country, aside from the opposition (Northern Alliance) strongholds primarily found in the northeast corner of Badakhshan Province. The Taliban sought to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law and were later implicated as supporters of mujahideen, most notably by harbouring Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network.

During the five-year history of the Islamic Emirate, much of the population experienced restrictions on their freedom and violations of their human rights. Women were banned from working, and girls were forbidden to attend schools or universities and were requested to observe purdah and to abstain from obscenities. Those who resisted were punished. Communists were systematically executed and thieves were punished by amputating one of their hands or feet. Meanwhile, the Taliban succeeded in nearly eradicating the majority of the opium production by 2001.[15]

Following the Taliban's unappeasing treatment of Afghanistan's Shia minority, Iran stepped up assistance to the Northern Alliance. Relations with the Taliban deteriorated further in 1998 after Taliban forces seized the Iranian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif and executed Iranian diplomats. Following this incident, Iran threatened to invade Afghanistan by massing up military forces near the Afghan border but intervention by the United Nations Security Council and the United States prevented the war.

The Taliban maintained a military during their period of control. The Taliban army possessed over 400 T-54/55 and T-62 tanks and more than 200 Armoured personal carriers.[16] The Afghan Air Force under the Taliban maintained five supersonic MIG-21MFs and 10 Sukhoi-22 fighter-bombers.[17] In 1995, during the 1995 Airstan incident, a Taliban fighter plane captured a Russian transport. They also held six Mil Mi-8 helicopters, five Mi-35s, five L-39Cs, six An-12s, 25 An-26s, a dozen An-24/32s, an IL-18, and a Yakovlev.[18] Their civil air service contained two Boeing 727A/Bs, a Tu-154, five An-24s, and a DHC-6.[18]

International relations[edit]

Only Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recognized the Taliban government.[19] The state was not recognised in the UN.

One reason for lack of international recognition was the Taliban's disregard for human rights and the rule of law as demonstrated by their actions on taking power. One of the first acts of the Taliban upon seizing power was the execution of the former Communist President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Najibullah. Before the Taliban had even taken control of Afghanistan's capital they sent out a squad to arrest Najibullah. As Najibullah was staying in the United Nations compound in Kabul, this was a violation of international law.[citation needed] As a further example, the Taliban regime was also heavily criticised for the murder of Iranian diplomats in Afghanistan[20] in 1998. The Taliban supported the Islamic militants operating in Chechnya and Xinjiang, thus antagonizing Russia and the People's Republic of China simultaneously.

In 2013, the Taliban opened an office in Qatar[21] with the goal of beginning talks between themselves, the United States and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.[22] There was a conflict after the office raised the white flag of the former Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry saying that the office could be closed if there was not a "move forward" in peace negotiations.[23][24]

Sanctions[edit]

On 15 October 1999, the UN Security Council established a sanctions regime to cover individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and/or the Taliban.[25] Since the U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the sanctions were applied to individuals and organizations in all parts of the world; also targeting former members of the Taliban government.

On January 27, 2010, a United Nations sanctions committee removed five former senior Taliban officials from this list, in a move favoured by Afghan President Karzai. The decision means the five will no longer be subject to an international travel ban, assets freeze and arms embargo. The five men, all high-ranking members of the Taliban government:

All had been added to the list in January or February 2001.[26]

Mohammed Omar continues to speak in the name of this Emirate.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marcin, Gary (1998). "The Taliban". King's College. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "FACTBOX: Five Facts on Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar". Nov 17, 2008. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  3. ^ "Kabul". Retrieved 29/09/2014 "Mullah Omar only visited Kabul once, and Afghanistan’s capital effectively returned to Kandahar.".  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Role of the Taliban’s religious police". 27 April 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  5. ^ Deobandi Islam: The Religion of the Taliban U. S. Navy Chaplain Corps, 15 October 2001
  6. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2001). "CIA -- The World Factbook -- Afghanistan" (mirror). Retrieved 2008-03-07. "note - the self-proclaimed Taliban government refers to the country as Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" 
  7. ^ Map of areas controlled in Afghanistan '96
  8. ^ Rashid, Taliban (2000)
  9. ^ http://csis.org/blog/why-are-customary-pashtun-laws-and-ethics-causes-concern
  10. ^ http://www.cf2r.org/fr/tribune-libre/understanding-taliban-through-the-prism-of-pashtunwali-code.php
  11. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/wandering-kuchis-pay-for-their-taliban-links/2005/08/26/1124563029556.html"Most recently, they had the protection of their fellow ethnic Pashtuns, the Taliban, who looted and torched Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara communities"
  12. ^ http://lhvnews.com/en/news/2579/role-of-the-taliban%E2%80%99s-religious-police "They described the Hazara, Tajiks, Uzbeks and the Kizilbash (Turkmens) as non-Afghan people and believed that those people had immigrated to the country from Tajikistan,(Turkmenistan), Uzbekistan and Iran."
  13. ^ Genocide, Ethnonationalism, and the United Nations: Exploring the Causes of Mass Killing Since 1945 by Hannibal Travis,pg.115 "The massacres in Mazar-i-Sharif alone in 1998 claimed 8,000-10,000 lives "
  14. ^ http://www.hazara.net/2013/04/massacre-in-mazar-sharif-2/"During the first day they indiscriminately killed any one they saw, from Tajik Uzbek and Hazara ethnic groups but after that they started killing specifically Hazaras"
  15. ^ Afghanistan, Opium and the Taliban
  16. ^ The Guardian, Taliban lose grip on Mazar i Sharif, November 7, 2001
  17. ^ York, Geoffrey. Globe and Mail, "Military Targets Are Elusive. Afghanistan Army Called a Haphazard Operation", September 19, 2001
  18. ^ a b Jane's Sentinel Security Assessment, 2001
  19. ^ Terrorism and Global Disorder - Adrian Guelke - Google Libros. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  20. ^ [15 Sep 1998] SC/6573 : SECURITY COUNCIL STRONGLY CONDEMNS MURDER OF IRANIAN DIPLOMATS IN AFGHANISTAN
  21. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/19/taliban-qatar-office-positive
  22. ^ http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/061813-660475-american-diplomats-tricked-by-afghan-savages.htm
  23. ^ <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10131286/Fury-from-Hamid-Karzai-plunges-US-talks-with-Taliban-into-disarray.html
  24. ^ http://www.voanews.com/content/kerry-says-taliban-office-in-doha-could-be-closed/1687279.html
  25. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PglbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Gk4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=1314,4411307&dq=un+sanctions+afghanistan&hl=en
  26. ^ "U.N. Reconciles itself to Five Members of Mulla Omar's Cabinet"
  27. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Islamic State of Afghanistan
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
1996 – 2001
Succeeded by
Afghan Interim Administration

Coordinates: 33°56′N 66°11′E / 33.933°N 66.183°E / 33.933; 66.183