Islamic State of Afghanistan

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Islamic State of Afghanistan
دولت اسلامی افغانستان
Dowlat-e Eslami-ye Afghanestan
1992–2002 (de jure)
1992–1996; 2001–2002 (de facto) (Taliban occupation: 1996–2001)
lā ʾilāha ʾillà l-Lāh, Muḥammadun rasūlu l-Lāh
لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله
"There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah"
قلعه اسلام قلب اسیا
(English: "Fortress of Islam, Heart of Asia")
Capital Kabul (de jure)
Capital-in-exile Northern Afghanistan
(1996–2001, during occupation)
Languages Pashto, Dari
Religion Sunni Islam
Government Unitary Islamic provisional government (1992–1996, 2001–2002)
Government-in-exile (1996–2001)
 •  1992 Sibghatullah Mojaddedi
 •  1992–2001 Burhanuddin Rabbani
 •  2001–2002 Hamid Karzai
Prime Minister
 •  1992 Abdul Kohistani (first)
 •  1997 Abdul Rahim Ghafoorzai (last)
Historical era Civil War / War on Terror
 •  Peshawar Accord 24 April 1992
 •  2002 loya jirga 19 June 2002
Currency Afghan afghani (AFA)
Calling code +93
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Republic of Afghanistan
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan
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History of Afghanistan
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The Islamic State of Afghanistan[1] (Persian: دولت اسلامی افغانستان‎, Dowlat-e Eslami-ye Afghanestan) was the official name of the country of Afghanistan after the fall of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.[citation needed] It existed alongside the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ruled by the Taliban, until the Emirate was overthrown by the United States as part of the Invasion of Afghanistan.


Rabbani and Hekmatyar[edit]

President Najibullah of the formerly communist Republic of Afghanistan was forced to resign on 15 April 1992.[2] The Peshawar Accord of 25 April 1992, which established a power-sharing interim government to take control of Kabul, was signed by six of the seven major Afghan anti-Soviet resistance parties[2] (notably excluding the Hezb-e Islami ("Islamic Party") faction of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a Pashtun, who refused to sign the Accord), and supported by some remnants of the Najibullah administration. An Islamic state was proclaimed,[clarification needed] Islamic law introduced, bars were closed, and women were ordered to wear the hijab.[2] In June, Burhanuddin Rabbani, leader of the Tajik-dominated Jamiat-e Islami ("Islamic Association") faction, was made interim-president of the new Islamic State of Afghanistan, and on 30 December 1992 he was elected head of the 7-member Government Council for a two-year term.[2] However, Hekmatyar's Hezb-e Islami rebel faction (which had split from Jamiat-e Islami in 1976) demanded a share in power as well, and started clashing with Rabbani's troops. After months of fighting, they signed an agreement in March 1993 making Hekmatyar the Prime Minister of Afghanistan in June, and shortening Rabbani's presidency from 2 years to 1.5 year.[2] Fighting between different rebel factions continued, however, and Kabul was largely destroyed.

Rise of the Taliban[edit]

In late 1994, a new Pashtun-dominated Islamic fundamentalist militia called the Taliban (literally: "Religious Students") managed to conquer large parts of southern Afghanistan with the support of Pakistan.[2] Making steady gains throughout 1995 and 1996, the Taliban were able to seize control of the capital city of Kabul in September 1996, driving the Rabbani government and other factions northward, and by the end of the year occupying two-thirds of Afghanistan. Former president Najibullah was arrested and executed in public by hanging on 27 September 1996.

The Taliban renamed the country to Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and imposed an even more strict version of Sharia on the population they controlled. This especially negatively impacted women, who were forced to wear a burqa, stay indoors and banned from working outside the house with rare exceptions, girl schools were closed and almost all girls lost access to education, increasing illiteracy rates (which had fallen during the communist era). Cinemas, football stadiums, and television stations were now closed as well.[2]

Northern Alliance vs. Taliban[edit]

The ousted Rabbani government formed a monster coalition with Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, Tajik leader Ahmed Shah Massoud and the Shia Hizb-i-Wahdat faction (dominated by Hazaras) of Karim Khalili.[2] Its formal name was United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan, known in the Western Hemisphere as the Northern Alliance, and its goal was to take back the country from the Taliban. The Islamic State remained the internationally recognized representative of Afghanistan at the United Nations until 2001, when the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan was created and an Afghan Interim Administration took control of Afghanistan with U.S. and NATO assistance, following the overthrow of the Taliban government.

By the end of May 1997, the Taliban offensive came to a halt due to a number of strategic victories by the Northern Alliance. International pressure forced both sides to negotiate, but the demands posed by either party were so high that the differences were irreconcilable, and a political impasse ensued.[2] The country was in a dire state according to a 1997 United Nations report, which found that the infant mortality rate was 25%, numerous civil casualties due to landmines, economic blockades imposed by the militias causing hunger, and international humanitarian organisations being unable to carry out their work. A February 1998 earthquake in northeastern Afghanistan killed 4,500 people.[2]

In the first half of 1998, the negotiations appeared to reach a peace settlement, but then the Northern Alliance fell apart. Taking advantage of the resistance factions' disunity the Taliban launched a campaign, rapidly conquering the provincial capital cities of Maimana, Sheberghan, and finally Mazar-i-Sharif (8 August 1998). Taliban fighters committed a massacre amongst the Shia population of the last city, also killing eight Iranian journalists and diplomats. This aroused international outrage, and brought the Taliban regime on the brink of war with Iran.[2]



  1. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2001). "CIA -- The World Factbook -- Afghanistan" (mirror). Retrieved 2012-06-06. note - the self-proclaimed Taliban government refers to the country as Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Encarta-encyclopedie Winkler Prins (1993–2002) s.v. "Afghanistan. §5.6 Burgeroorlog". Microsoft Corporation/Het Spectrum.

Preceded by
Republic of Afghanistan
Islamic State of Afghanistan
1992 – 1996
Succeeded by
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan