Asaf Maliach and Shaul Shay, From Kabul to Jerusalem: al-Qaeda, The Worldwide Islamic Jihad and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Tel Aviv: Matar Publishing, 2009), pp. 240-237; of note, toppling the Taliban rule enhanced Iran’s regional standing and subsequently that of Shiites. See: Uzi Rabi (Editor), Iran Time (Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2008), pp. 19-21, p. 120.
 Jim Michaels, "Decade of war, billions in U.S. aid fail to defeat Taliban", USA Today, May 18, 2015. In 2011, Former US President Barack Obama announced his plan for ending the war in Afganistan and withdrawing US troops, as he declared he would in May 2014. In practice, he left more than 10,000 soldiers and ‘advisors’ in Afghanistan in order to prevent it from falling back into Taliban hands. See: Mark Landler, "U.S. Troops to Leave Afghanistan by End of 2016", The New York Times, May 27, 2014; The Associated Press, "A timeline of U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan since 2001", Military Times, July 6, 2016.
 An example of Taliban actions reported by international media is the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in March 2001. For more, see: Shaul Shay, The Neverending Jihad: Mujahideen, Taliban and bin-Laden (Herzliya: Interdisciplinary Center, 2002), pp 212-214
 alemarah-english.org or shahamat-english.com. For more on Taliban websites: Nein Krishan Aggarwal, The Taliban's Virtual Emirate: The Culture and Psychology of an Online Militant Community (USA, NY: Columbia University Press, 2016); Also see: Abdulhadi Hairan, "A Profile of the Taliban’s Propaganda Tactics", The Huffington Post,
 Haroon Siddique, "Taliban and Nato-led forces engage in war of words on Twitter", The Guardian, September 14, 2011. ; Ali M. Latifi, "Afghanistan's online war of words", Al-Jazeera, October 17, 2012.