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Return of the Taliban

The Taliban’s sudden return to power and swift defeat of Afghan forces shocked many international observers and governments. In less than two weeks, the twenty years of work carried out to improve the standards of living, education and equality between men and women were undone.

In this report, we detail the crisis so Trust and Safety teams can understand:

  • The messaging surfacing online from the two extremist Islamist factions, the Taliban and ISIS
  • The existing laws and definitions of these terror groups and activities
  • Context of the crisis so teams can respond appropriately to the rapidly evolving events
Portrait of Gideon Freud, author on the ActiveFence blog
Gideon Freud

Gideon is a Senior Intelligence Writer at ActiveFence. He graduated from Oxford University in 2012, where he studied social and cultural anthropology with a special focus on the growth of political extremism in Europe. He joined ActiveFence in January 2021, and is interested in researching the development of national laws focused on regulating online activities.