Orient Weekly

Afghanistan: a victory for the Taliban by arms… and by law

An Afghan woman walking in the old market next to a Taliban soldier in central Kabul, May 3, 2022. © Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

By: Eric Battalion

The conquest of Kabul in the summer of 2021 marked the victory of the Taliban by arms.

But it is also a victory through the law because, well before this final success, their judicial system set up in particular in the countryside already embodied the State in the eyes of many Afghans.

As researcher Adam Baczko points out, in an article published in issue 54 of the Middle East review, the challenge for them now is to be able to transpose this success to the level of the State that they are now in responsible for administering.

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