Taliban conscription

Taliban Conscription

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During the Taliban administration of Afghanistan (1996–2001) there was an extensive, varied conscription program.

Ante September 11th, 2001 Taliban conscription

Kidnapping foreigners

Prior to the collapse of their regime the Taliban made widespread use of conscription, and according to some of the Guantanamo captives, kidnapping and virtual slavery.

Conscription of children

According to a report from Oxford University the Taliban made widespread use of the conscription of children in 1997, 1998 and 1999.The report states that during the civil war that preceded the Taliban regime thousands of orphaned boys joined various militia for "employment, food, shelter, protection and economic opportunity."The report said that during its initial period the Taliban "long depended upon cohorts of youth".

Conscripted into the Taliban's civil service

Post September 11th, Pre-collapse Taliban conscription

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation quotes a young Afghan, who reported:, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, September 26, 2001

"They're rounding men up for a fight to the last man."


According the ABC report Ahmed Zia said there had been a large-scale exodus from Kabul. He claimed the Taliban were rounding up young boys for battle. He also claimed the Taliban were forcing people to give blood.

The British paper The Daily...... ...
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