Here’s a Q&A session with a BBC reporter who spent some time with Taleban fighters in Helmand province.
One interesting quote:
I was shocked to see soldiers from the newly-formed Afghan national army taking money at gunpoint from every car that passed. This was happening on the main road linking Iran to Pakistan across the south of Afghanistan, and has powerful resonances since it was to stop corruption on this very road that the Taleban first emerged, with some popular support, in 1994. The trucking companies are paying the Taleban again to see if they can clear the road for them again.
Aren’t we lucky we spent all that blood and money to build a modern, pluralistic democracy and a functioning government in Iraq?