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Pashtuns

largest ethnic group in Afghanistan

Kabul

the capital and largest city of Afghanistan

Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989)

# The war between the soviets and the afghan government against the Mujahideen lasted almost 10 years 1979-1988
# Many countries supported the Mujahideen including the united states
# soviets completly withdrew by february 15th 1989
# the mujahideen lost around 180,000 people in the war where the soviet union only lost about 15,000
# after the war the mujahideen could not stay allied and fought among themselves
# Financed by CIA Osama Bin Laden also worked for Muhjahadeen
# Mujahahideen-Muslim Afghan freedom fighters.
# Defeated Soviet Union
# "Soviet Union's Vietnam"

Mujahideen

in Afghanistan, holy warriors who banded together to fight the Soviet-supported government in the late 1970s

Taliban

a group of fundamentalist Muslims who took control of Afghanistan's government in 1996

Madrassa

Islamic and secular schools

Mohammed Omar

The leader of the Taliban who let al Quieda come into Afghanistan

Pakistan's ISI

Seceret Police. Unlimited budget. Can do what ever they want. Has been taken over by hard cor muslims

Shari'a

body of Islamic law that includes interpretation of the Quran and applies Islamic principles to everyday life

Al Qaeda

a network of Islamic terrorist organizations, led by Osama bin Laden, that carried out the attacks on the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998, the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000, and the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001

Osama bin Laden

Arab terrorist who established al-Qaeda (born in 1957). Planned attack of 9-11. Reportedly in afghanistan

September 11, 2001

terrorist attacks on the united states that killed thousands of people at the twin towers and the pentagon

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