- The Taliban have declared the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.”
- It’s the name the group used for the country when it ruled until toppled by US-led forces in 2001.
- That regime was marked by brutality.
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The Taliban declared the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” on Thursday, marking a nail in the coffin of the US-backed Afghan government.
Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted the declaration and the new name on Thursday.
-Zabihullah (..ذبـــــیح الله م ) (@Zabehulah_M33) August 19, 2021
The group used the name for the country when it ruled it between 1996 and 2001, before it was taken from power by US-led forces.
It was then known for its oppressive regime, including for its treatment of women.
Only a few countries recognized that regime at the time, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkmenistan, as Insider’s Jake Lahut has reported.