Rotimi Sankore

The tragic events of September 11 2001 represent different things to different people. The victims, the terrorists, western, Arab and Muslim governments, Europeans, Africans, Asians, Muslims and non Muslims, people of different political persuasions and leanings, the media, all perceive September 11 differently and all have no homogenous positions on the events of that day and its fall outs. It will therefore be incredulous to pretend that any single individual or group of individuals can more

The surprisingly quick collapse of the Taliban over the past month has seriously embarrassed Western political commentators, military analysts, ex-Russian soldiers defeated by the Mujahedin and the Taliban who were all united in their warnings of tough battles ahead and about Afghanistan being ‘the graveyard of foreign invaders’.

Three key factors contributed to the retreat of the Taliban and the victories of the Northern Alliance. Firstly and most importantly, the end of the cold war more