How Jimmy Carter and I Started the Mujahideen
Interview of Zbigniew Brzezinski Le Nouvel Observateur (France), Jan 15-21, 1998, p. 76*
The Taliban were a faction of the fundamentalist mujahadeen
"a handful of Taliban had fought the Soviet Red Army"
TALIBAN: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia
by Ahmed Rashid
The meek-looking professor [Mojadeddi]...began, in a most remarkable fashion, to denounce Gulbuddin as a true monster and an enemy of Afghanistan. He accused Gulbuddin of being a dangerous fundamentalist, busy assassinating moderate Afghans, a man no self-respecting nation should support
America would be sorry one day if it didn't stop favoring him, [Mojadeddi] warned.
February 14, 2003
By GARY LEUPP
"I have eight Taliban with weapons in a car who say that they want to come to the shrine. What should we do with them?" the policeman asked.
"Let them come!" the government official replied. "They're probably just coming to enjoy the music. Who are we to stop them?" So they came. And nobody sitting there in the desert seemed the least bit worried.