This is an excellent, highly readable, if long piece on the Taliban. The Taliban's new stronghold is Pakistan - it is patently clear if democracy is to survive in this region the Taliban must be completely eradicated. The best selling DVD in the area is that of a 12 year old decapitating someone who is anti-Taliban - the executions are a way of life in this part of the world:

"The exercise will be extended to [other parts of the country later] as we have the full support of madrassas in various cities. If the Government does not impose sharia within a week, we'll do it." [Sharia law is the extreme religious law imposed in some Islamic countries]