25 Years in 25 Days (1996): The Rise of the Taliban and the Seeds of Terror

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A Taliban fighter in 1995, 18 kilometers from Kabul.

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In 1996, the Taliban seized control of Kabul, Afghanistan, and imposed strict rules for Afghanis - particularly women. Sarah Chayes, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment and former NPR reporter in Afghanistan and the Middle East, looks back at that moment as a pivot point for the rise of radical Islam and the roots of terrorism still being felt today.