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{n: Ansar al Islam, Ansar al-Islam, Supporters of Islam} a radical Islamic group of terrorists in the Iraqi part of Kurdistan who oppose an independent secular nation as advocated by the United States; some members fought with the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan; said to receive financial support from Saddam Hussein

{n: Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, Inter-Services Intelligence, ISI} the Pakistan intelligence agency; a powerful and almost autonomous political and military force; has procured nuclear technology and delivery capabilities; has had strong ties with the Taliban and other militant Islamic groups

{n: Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami, Harakat ul-Jihad-I-Islami, HUJI} an extremist militant group in Pakistan occupied Kashmir that seeks an Islamic government and that has had close links and fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan

{n: Masoud, Ahmad Shah Masoud} Afghan leader of forces opposed to the Taliban; won fame by successfully resisting the Soviets in the 1980s; was assassinated by men posing as journalists (1953-2001)

{n: Mullah Omar, Mullah Mohammed Omar} reclusive Afghanistani politician and leader of the Taliban who imposed a strict interpretation of shariah law on Afghanistan (born in 1960)

{n: Northern Alliance, United Front} a multiethnic alliance in Afghanistan who practice a moderate form of Islam and are united in their opposition to the Taliban

{n: Taliban, Taleban} a fundamentalist Islamic militia; in 1995 the Taliban militia took over Afghanistan and in 1996 took Kabul and set up an Islamic government
"the Taliban enforced a strict Muslim code of behavior"

{n: Umma Tameer-e-Nau, UTN} a nongovernmental organization of Pakistani scientists that has been a supporter of terrorism; has provided information about chemical and biological and nuclear warfare to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda and the Taliban

{n: al-Rashid Trust} a terrorist group organized in 1996 after the Taliban took over Afghanistan and part of Osama bin Laden's international system; provides financial support for the Taliban and al-Qaeda and Jaish-i-Mohammed and assists Muslim militants around the world; established a network of madrasas and mosques in Afghanistan

{n: burqa, burka} a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan
"the Taliban forced all women to wear the burqa"

{v: recommence} cause to start anew
"The Taliban recommenced hostilities after a few days of quiet"

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