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Taliban Quotes


"The Taliban is resilient." - Leon Panetta

"Now the Taliban will pay a price." - George W Bush

"Allow the Taliban to open offices in Pakistan" - Imran Khan

"Because I'm anti-war, I've been called pro-Taliban," - Imran Khan

"The Taliban is the worst...great heroin though." - Creed Bratton

"Military surge in Afghanistan to eliminate the Taliban." - Barack Obama

"Rockets fired by the Taliban generally aren't guided." - Richard Engel

"The people suffering most from the Taliban were Afghans." - Salman Rushdie

"Because I'm anti-war, I've been called pro-Taliban." - Imran Khan

"I don't want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban." - Malala Yousafzai

"That American Taliban kid Johnny Walker was indicted today. Ten counts of terrorism. He could get 5 life sentences. In Taliban terms, that's 360 virgins." - Jay Leno

"The key to breaking the Taliban taboo against women and the cultural brainwashing that the Taliban imposed upon many Afghans is to get women back into the workforce." - Ahmed Rashid

"Catholic extremism should be resisted as fiercely at home as we oppose the Taliban abroad." - Jacob M. Appel

"Know what the Taliban leaders like to do for fun? Just sit around and get bombed." - Jay Leno

"We are not going to succeed because Taliban are masters of guerrilla warfare" - Imran Khan

"The forces we face represent very hardened elements of Al Qaeda and Taliban, true deadenders." - Donald Rumsfeld

"The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they couldn't stop our minds from thinking." - Malala Yousafzai

"I don't think the ongoing negotiations with the Taliban will yield a positive result" - Aitzaz Ahsan

"The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they could' stop our minds from thinking." - Malala Yousafzai

"I'm not an alcoholic, I am freedom fighter against the teetotal taliban." - Al Murray

"Believe me, having a teenage daughter is like living with the Taliban." - Kathy Lette

"And as a result of the United States military, Taliban no longer is in existence." - George W Bush

"Fundamentalism, as practiced by the Taliban, is the enemy of real thought, and religion too." - Steve Earle

"Talking to the Taliban is a process the Afghans have to manage. It is their country." - Philip Hammond

"The great western error about the Taliban is to assume homogeneity." - Philip Hammond

"I don't think the Taliban will ever come back to take Afghanistan, no." - Hamid Karzai

"The Buddhas had to be destroyed by the Taliban to get the world thinking about Afghanistan." - Mohsen Makhmalbaf

"I mean, the Taliban, my view is that they have been weakened." - Leon Panetta

"Cults, or related social movements such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, result in massive military expenses." - Keith Henson

"I want education for the sons and the daughters of all the extremists, especially the Taliban." - Malala Yousafzai

"It is very clear that the people in Afghanistan do not want the Taliban back." - Hillary Clinton

"The Taliban may pine for a pre-industrial society, but most Afghans do not." - Richard Engel

"The Taliban mostly attacks international and Afghan security forces. They rarely carry out attacks in markets." - Richard Engel

"The Taliban and its backers bear the responsibility for the consequences of this outrageous act." - Amanullah Khan

"I say to the Taliban: surrender the terrorists; or surrender power. It's your choice." - Tony Blair

"While the Taliban connives with foreign terrorists, the Afghan people suffer from poverty, drought and hunger" - Jack Straw

"The Taliban knows they have more to fear from an educated girl than an American drone." - Tina Brown

"The Taliban has a huge leadership problem at a critical political moment, another caliph has announced himself to the world, and the Taliban has been silent. And that is getting noticed by militants across South Asia." - Graeme Smith

"Taliban-esque: Any behavior that imposes the beliefs of one person on everyone else. Conversations with the Taliban-esque are impossible. They aren't even conversations. With them, it's my way or no way." - Whoopi Goldberg

"Last night the Taliban offered to release eight Westerners if the U.S. promised not to attack. The State Department declined but thanked the Taliban for the offer, saying it really felt good to laugh again." - Tina Fey

"Moscow has been helping the Northern Alliance because the Taliban was openly supported by Pakistan, .. until last week, Pakistani servicemen had taken part in war operations on the Taliban side." - Sergei Ivanov

"We should remember that the Pashtuns are the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan. Of course, many of them did support the Taliban. But you cannot equate all Pashtuns with the Taliban." - Ahmed Rashid

"By releasing these five top Taliban commanders, the U.S. is demonstrating that it is throwing in the towel in the long struggle against the Taliban and its al-Qaeda allies in Afghanistan." - Jonathan S. Tobin

"When we started after Osama bin Laden, we really decided to go after the Taliban. And we seemed to be content to kick the Taliban out of Kandahar. And then we let Osama bin Laden escape from Tora Bora." - Wesley Clark

"What's interesting about the Taliban, is they're more afraid of educating girls than they are of drones. One educated girl is more scary to the Taliban than a drone." - Tina Brown

"What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?" - Ellen Degeneres

"The problem is, we have yet to convince the Taliban they are fellow passengers on spaceship Earth." - Will Durst

"Being a conservative on campus is like bing a goat amongst the taliban. You are never safe." - Greg Gutfeld

"I am not here to speak against the Taliban. I'm here to speak up for the right of every child." - Malala Yousafzai

"As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell." - Allen West

"Announcing a withdrawal date, that was wrong. The Taliban may not have watches, but they do have calendars." - Mitt Romney

"I worked with two young women translators. One died and the other received a death threat from the Taliban." - Eliza Griswold

"I might be afraid of ghosts and like dragons and those things, but I'm not afraid of the Taliban." - Malala Yousafzai

"Islam tells us every girl and boy should be educated. I don't know why the Taliban have forgotten it." - Malala Yousafzai

"We need to put in proper safeguards. How are we going to feel if somebody leases to the Taliban?" - William Shawn

"The fact is that Iran doesn't want to see the Taliban come back any more than do most Afghan citizens." - David Petraeus

"For most directors, the scriptwriter is about as welcome on set as a member of the Taliban." - Julian Fellowes

"Any conception of human well-being you could plausibly have, the Taliban patently fails to maximize it." - Sam Harris

"When you say things like, 'We have to wipe out the Taliban,' what does that mean? The Taliban is not a fixed number of people. The Taliban is an ideology that has sprung out of a history that, you know, America created anyway." - Arundhati Roy

"I think within a year or so, perhaps, if 9/11 had not happened, in Afghanistan would have been a very broad-based general uprising against the Taliban." - Ahmed Rashid

"There was a rumor that Jesse Jackson was going to go over there to talk with the Taliban, apparently they were having trouble rhyming the word Jihad." - Jay Leno

"More bad news for the Taliban. Remember how they are promised 72 virgins when they die? Turns out that it's only one 72-year-old virgin." - Jay Leno

"The leaders of the Taliban said today that killing bin Laden won't solve the problem. But, you know, it couldn't hurt." - Jay Leno

"The recent wave of Taliban attacks has made clear that the international community must not waiver in its support for a stable, secure and prosperous Afghanistan." - Chuck Hagel

"Our mission is to go after Al Qaeda, not the Taliban. Right now, they are in Pakistan, not Afghanistan. We should go after them wherever they are." - Max Cleland

"Most Muslims don't want to live in some Taliban-style utopia, which is what bin Laden and allied groups are offering." - Peter Bergen

"Things use to be real nice, til they got out of hand. Since they moved in, they call themselves the Taliban." - Toby Keith

"Cluster bombs are perhaps not good in themselves, but when they are dropped on identifiable concentrations of Taliban troops, they do have a heartening effect." - Christopher Hitchens

"I was assigned a Taliban "minder" who followed me everywhere. But he couldn't follow me into homes where there were women, so I took photos inside people's homes." - Lynsey Addario

"What everyone underestimated was the acute unpopularity of the Taliban, even in the Pashtun areas. People like myself were saying the Taliban would be driven out very swiftly from the north of Afghanistan, but given that their main support base was in the Pashtun belt, there would be greater resistance there. That didn't happen. The Taliban had become deeply unpopular and were actually discarded by the Pashtun population almost as quickly as they were in the north. I don't see the Taliban coming back in any way." - Ahmed Rashid

"The dynamics of the Taliban now appear to be very different and complex, in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, as they attack governments and mainstream parties." - Noam Chomsky

"Turkey is using the Islamic State in the same way as Pakistan used the Taliban in Afghanistan. You know, that's perhaps Turkey's strategy." - Vijay Prashad

"It is not as clear in Afghanistan which Iranian entity is responsible but we have intercepted weapons in Afghanistan headed for the Taliban that were made in Iran." - Peter Pace

"The armies, the difference of all of those armies that had been fighting each other and the Taliban took advantage of that to rule over the whole country." - Bulent Ecevit

"Negotiating with the Taliban must be done from a position of strength. Negotiating from a position of weakness would be a disaster." - Philip Hammond

"There has not yet been a major ground offensive battle... There are, we know, negotiations going on between the opposition forces and the Taliban leadership for surrender." - Peter Pace

"living with a teenage daughter is like living with the Taliban a mum is not allowed to laugh, sing, dance or wear short skirts" - Kathy Lette

"The Justices are currently considering a case, argued last month, which seeks to extend the writ of habeas corpus to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at Guantanamo." - John Yoo

"The Afghans, despite their backwardness, are a friendly lot, but the Taliban are as barbaric as the Huns from the past." - Sushmita Banerjee

"If we're so cruel to minorities, why do they keep coming here? Why aren't they sneaking across the Mexican border to make their way to the Taliban?" - Ann Coulter

"Some of the generals are saying, 'We're making progress. We are clearing an area.' But you really don't defeat the Taliban by clearing an area. They move." - Colin Powell

"On the day when I was shot, and on the next day, people raised the banners of 'I am Malala'. They did not say 'I am Taliban.'" - Malala Yousafzai

"After September 11, when the United States took action to overthrow the Taliban, our interests and Iran's aligned, and we were able to coordinate quietly but effectively." - Earl Blumenauer

"Since 1996, the Feminist Majority Foundation has been immersed in a campaign to support Afghan women and girls in their fight against the brutal oppression of the Taliban." - Eleanor Smeal

"You know, if I were an - if I were a Taliban, I'd say, 'What did al-Qaida ever do for me except get me kicked out of Afghanistan?'" - Robert M Gates

"Just in relation to women, it's not that huge an imaginative leap to see the connection between the Taliban and the Catholic Church." - Peter Mullan

"Did you hear about this 20-year-old kid named John Walker from Northern California who was apparently fighting for the Taliban?... It didn't take long for the TV networks to jump on this Walker thing. CBS has a new show: 'Walker: Taliban Ranger.'" - Jay Leno

"Why has America's fringe left been making common cause with the Taliban, whose views on such matters as women's rights and separation of church and state are appallingly retrograde by anyone's standards? One reason may be that the Taliban seem to have mastered the language of victimhood, sounding like denizens of some college ethnic-studies department." - James Taranto

"I am not against anyone, neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I'm here to speak up for the right of education for every child. I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all terrorists and extremists." - Malala Yousafzai

"My father was convinced the Taliban would hunt him down and kill him, but he again refused security from the police. 'If you go around with a lot of security the Taliban will use Kalashnikovs or suicide bombers and more people will be killed,' he said. 'At least I'll be killed alone.'" - Malala Yousafzai

"I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban. I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. My mother made me breakfast and I went off to school. I was afraid going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools." - Malala Yousafzai

"It seems perverse to focus too much on the casualties or hardship in Afghanistan ...[Showing the misery of Afghanistan ran the risk of] promoting enemy propaganda...we must talk about how the Taliban are using civilian shields and how the Taliban have harboured the terrorists responsible for killing close up to 5,000 innocent people." - Walter Isaacson

"An information operations team was sent to Afghanistan to conduct various psychological operations on the Afghans and Taliban. The team was then asked not to focus on the Taliban but on manipulating senators into giving more funds and troops [to the war]." - Michael Hastings

"The draconian prohibitions of the Taliban years and the gains Afghan women have achieved since the Taliban government was overthrown in 2001 are now well known and often cited: Today, Afghans lucky enough to live in secure regions can go to school, women may work in offices, and the burqa is no longer mandatory." - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

"We dont see that the Taliban ultimately can succeed, and its a combination both of what the international community can do to support Afghanistan, not just in the short term, but over the long term." - John R Allen

"We dont want the Taliban to put down roots, or the al Qaeda to put down roots in Afghanistan that can facilitate Afghanistan becoming - once again - a launching pad for international terrorism." - John R Allen

"One of the Taliban spokesmen said they have thousands of men who look forward to death like Americans look forward to living, which is great because we can arrange that. We'll set them up with death, we'll continue living." - Jay Leno

"There are reports on the news tonight that members of the Taliban feel persecuted and fear their own safety. So now they know what it is like to feel like a woman in their country." - Jay Leno

"American Taliban John Walker Lindh has pleaded guilty to two counts of terrorism and will face twenty years in prison. I guess that means his jihad is on ji-hold." - Jay Leno

"Pakistan's political leadership needs to make a clear choice to fight the Taliban decisively, not with half measures, the burden is on Prime Minister Sharif to show he can unite the country to defend its children." - Bruce Riedel

"It's being made out that the whole point of the war was to topple the Taliban regime and liberate Afghan women from their burqas, we are being asked to believe that the U.S. marines are actually on a feminist mission." - Arundhati Roy

"What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?" - Zbigniew Brzezinski

"We felt like the Taliban saw us as little dolls to control, telling us what to do and how to dress. I thought if God wanted us to be like that He wouldn't have made us all different." - Malala Yousafzai

"I don't want to be thought of as the 'girl who was shot by the Taliban' but the 'girl who fought for education. This is the cause to which I want to devote my life." - Malala Yousafzai

"I've come to the conclusion that, aside from Nazis, the Taliban, and possibly the honey badger, there is no one on the planet more merciless than a teenage girl once she's decided she dislikes you." - Meg Cabot

"[I]f you think that American imperialism and its globalised, capitalist form is the most dangerous thing in the world, that means you don't think the Islamic Republic of Iran or North Korea or the Taliban is as bad." - Christopher Hitchens

"Al Qaeda, the Taliban, a whole host of networks that are bent on attacking America, who have a distorted ideology, who have perverted the faith of Islam, and so we have to go after them." - Barack Obama

"The Taliban has asked Osama bin Laden to voluntarily leave the country.They said they delivered him a note asking him to leave, which is a pretty goodtrick considering they claim they don't even know where he is." - Jay Leno

"I have to say that I saw terrorists in 2002, went to Islamabad, Pakistan, and met women who were supporting this ideology. I call them the Taliban Ladies Auxiliary back then." - Dalia Mogahed

"In Afghanistan this week, outnumbered Northern Alliance rebels on horseback defeated Taliban forces armed with tanks. Experts say the victory is just like the story of David and Goliath and David's friend, the Stealth Bomber." - Tina Fey

"John Walker Lindh, a twenty-year-old American studying in Pakistan, was captured in Northern Afghanistan fighting for the Taliban. Experts call it the worst semester abroad program ever." - Jimmy Fallon

"Reconciling with an adversary that can be as brutal as the Taliban sounds distasteful, even unimaginable. And diplomacy would be easy if we only had to talk to our friends. But that is not how one makes peace." - Hillary Clinton

"The big question now is who will take power in Afghanistan once the Taliban is defeated. I was thinking, how about Al Gore? He's not doing anything, he needs a job, and he's already got the beard." - Jay Leno

"The story of Taliban recovery and resurgence begins in the places where they took refuge after 2001. And as long as those leadership structures and training structures operate outside of Afghanistan with relative impunity, the conflict will continue." - Chris Alexander

"If the Taliban comes back to power, the impact would be devastating. A country that has made great strides, in terms of development indicators, would take a huge step backwards. Afghanistan's national economy would be devastated." - Chris Alexander

"As far as the he Taliban goes, it is not one unified organization Some of them are brutal to the population, some are less aggressive. But the key is that none of them pose an immediate threat to the U.S." - Robert Greenwald

"There are many difficult challenges in Afghanistan. And we still have Taliban. We still have terrorist organizations there, and we will see violence and we will see conflict there also in the coming years,." - Jens Stoltenberg

"There [in Afghanistan] is also a growing insurgency threat from al-Qaida, the Taliban and other extremist elements, some of which comes from the tribal areas of Pakistan, as well as from the Northwest Frontier province and Baluchistan." - David Petraeus

"Speculation is a fool's game, but I've seen many political projections that look like the Taliban could hold most of the country, and possibly Kabul, within perhaps a short time." - Eliza Griswold

"Wish we could, and allow the Taliban or anybody else to reclaim that country. But what we must do is some progress in Iraq, where finally the Iraqi army, which has not been a particularly effective fighting force, retook Ramadi." - Bernie Sanders

"However, the religious extremists, especially the pro-Taliban organizations, they mobilized and instigated the Islamists to come on the streets and put pressure on the government to stop any reform on the blasphemy law." - Shahbaz Bhatti

"I don't see myself as being injured by a landmine or the Taliban; I was injured by ignorance and hatred. When people do these things, they want to create more hatred. Fight it with love and education." - Giles Duley

"Pakistan's ruler Pervez Musharraf predicted the Taliban will fall for hiding Osama bin Laden. Ex-king Zahir Shah is standing by to replace Mullah Mohammed Omar. And the most ominous sign of all, President Bush has learned all their names." - Argus Hamilton

"French troops arrived in Afghanistan last week, and not a minute too soon. The French are acting as advisers to the Taliban, to teach them how to surrender properly." - Jay Leno

"No possible future government in Kabul can be worse than the Taliban, and no thinkable future government would allow the level of Al Qaeda gangsterism to recur. So the outcome is proportionate and congruent with international principles of self-defense." - Christopher Hitchens

"Did we not aid the grisly Taliban to achieve and hold power? Yes indeed 'we' did. Well, does that not double or triple our responsibility to remove them from power?" - Christopher Hitchens

"Well, the reports are correct that we're conducting very robust military operations on the Afghan side of the border in areas where we think al-Qaida is operating and Taliban remnants are." - John Abizaid

"There was expectations that the fights there, the operation there might be extended for several months, even for several years. But within a few weeks it ended, because obviously the Taliban wasn't a real force." - Bulent Ecevit

"People in Afghanistan want peace, including the Taliban. They're also people like we all are. They have families, they have relatives, they have children, they are suffering a tough time." - Hamid Karzai

"Fighting the Taliban and the various radical organizations on the front lines is like adding a Band-Aid to a cut, it may stop the bleeding but unless you clean it with antiseptic, the germs stay and multiply." - Sharmeen Obaidchinoy

"I recommended to the president [George Bush] that our focus had to be on al-Qaida, the Taliban and Afghanistan. Those were the ones who attacked the United States of America on 9/11." - Colin Powell

"While Taliban fighters had an initial claim to protection under the conventions, they lost POW status by failing to obey the standards of conduct for legal combatants: wearing uniforms, a responsible command structure, and obeying the laws of war." - John Yoo

"Human-rights advocates, for example, claim that the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners is of a piece with President Bush's 2002 decision to deny al Qaeda and Taliban fighters the legal status of prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions." - John Yoo

"We don't see that the Taliban ultimately can succeed, and it's a combination both of what the international community can do to support Afghanistan, not just in the short term, but over the long term." - John R Allen

"We don't want the Taliban to put down roots, or the al Qaeda to put down roots in Afghanistan that can facilitate Afghanistan becoming - once again - a launching pad for international terrorism." - John R Allen

"I mean, the Taliban, my view is that they have been weakened. We have not seen them able to conduct any kind of organized attack to regain any territory that they've lost. We've seen levels of violence going down." - Leon Panetta

"If American forces leave Afghanistan, the Taliban is going to do what to America? Don't say you're worried about what they will do to the Afghan people. If that was America's concern, America's operational presence there would be much different." - Henry Rollins

"In much of the world, there is a sense of an ultra-powerful CIA manipulating everything that happens, such as running the Arab Spring, running the Pakistani Taliban, etc. That is just nonsense." - Noam Chomsky

"Where land mines are indiscriminate, cheap, and brutal, drones are discriminate, expensive, and brutal. And yet they are insufficiently discriminate: the assassination of the Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in Pakistan in 2009 succeeded only on the seventeenth attempt." - Teju Cole

"But here too it should be noted that the President's approach was to first ask the repressive and brutal Taliban to surrender Osama bin Laden to us, and only after that government refused to do that did we invade." - Barney Frank

"Fighting the Taliban and the various radical organizations on the front lines is like adding a Band-Aid to a cut, it may stop the bleeding but unless you clean it with antiseptic, the germs stay and multiply." - Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

"If a woman is wearing the burqa, it's not her wish. It's more that she feels secure from the Taliban, secure from acid if she were to show her face." - Malina Suliman

"The book came after the fall of the Taliban, it says something about Afghan family life. Those kind of stories - what happens behind the scenes on a TV screen - are important." - Asne Seierstad

"The Taliban outlawed wearing polish in the late 1990s, punishing some offenders by amputating a fingertip. Importing polish was banned only in July 2001, which suggests that women were still wearing painted nails within the safety of their homes." - Virginia Postrel

"Eighty-five percent cannot read when they enter the security forces of Afghanistan. Why? Because the Taliban withheld education during the period of time in which these men and women would have learned to read." - James G Stavridis

"This body, the United States Congress, was united, Republicans and Democrats alike, in taking that action, toppling the Taliban government, and working to try and root out al Qaeda and find Osama bin Laden." - Chris Van Hollen

"They [people of Afghanistan] didn't want Al-Qaeda in their country. They didn't appreciate the Taliban taking control. But they really have an incredible amount of dignity. And by that, they are grateful for America's help in ridding them of the Taliban. The average, ordinary person is glad that their daughter can go to school now. There's no public executions, no banning of soccer games. The difference is, they're appreciative, but they don't want any prolonged military presence of the United States there." - Immortal Technique

"What is common among all of these groups [Taliban, Islamic State etc.] is the intent to destroy. The majority of terrorists who come to Afghanistan are from China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or North Africa. They were expelled from their countries and pushed to ours - this is their battlefield - and all of them, be it the Taliban or others, are interlinked with the criminal economy." - Ashraf Ghani

"In 2001, we were told that the war in Afghanistan was a feminist mission. The marines were liberating Afghan women from the Taliban. Can you really bomb feminism into a country? And now, after 25 years of brutal war - 10 years against the Soviet occupation, 15 years of US occupation - the Taliban is riding back to Kabul and will soon be back to doing business with the United States." - Arundhati Roy

"And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person's entire processes. And these Taliban - I'm not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban. No, that's not what we're saying. I'm saying an example of how you go about [sic] is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with." - Pete Sessions