Background to Afghanistan and the Taliban

  • Yoshinobu Nagamine


This chapter provides a brief background to Afghanistan and the Taliban movement, which is indispensable to the understanding of the context in which the Code of Conduct was produced. The chapter is divided into two parts—the first deals with the origin of the Taliban movement and the subsequent Taliban governance prior to 2001, while the second part examines the phenomenon of insurgency after 2001. The specificity of the Taliban movement with regard to the nature, structure, and legitimization strategy will be highlighted.


Suicide Bombing Suicide Attack Civilian Casualty Religious Student Legitimization Strategy 
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