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[tal-uh-ban] /ˈtæl əˌbæn/
a Muslim fundamentalist group in Afghanistan. Unabridged
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(in Afghanistan) a fundamentalist Islamic army: in 1996 it defeated the ruling mujaheddin factions and seized control of the country; overthrown in 2001 by US-led forces, although reistance continues, esp in the south
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C20: from Arabic tāliban seekers
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Sunni fundamentalist movement in Afghanistan, Pashto plural of Arabic tālib "student;" so called because it originated among students in Pakistani religious schools. Group formed c.1993. Often incorrectly treated as singular in English.

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