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Taliban Captures Afghanistan
At the end of September the Talibans captured Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The Taliban originated from a group of students studying at a fundamentalist Islamic school, In a period of two years, the insurgents took control of two-thirds of Afghanistan. Their advance was nearly unopposed. Many welcomed the Talibans, as they brought the first stabilty to Afghanistan since the Soviet invasion of 1979. However, the Talibans instituted strict Islamic law in all areas that they controlled and were ruthless to their opponents. Seen in this picture is the public hanging of the former President of Afghanistan, Najibullah, and his brother who had been living in the UN compound in Kabul. The Talibans faced substantial opposition in the northern provinces where opponents to the Taliban united in October to fight them.