Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Q&A: Explaining Taliban and al-Qaida

Mad Men, featuring January Jones as Betty Draper, starts its third season Aug. 16.

AMC

Mad Men, featuring January Jones as Betty Draper, starts its third season Aug. 16.

The Taliban and al-Qaida

Could you explain in really simple terms the difference between the Taliban and al-Qaida?

The Taliban and al-Qaida are Islamic extremist groups joined in battle against the United States.

The Taliban, Arabic for religious students, ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, when they were ousted by an American-led invasion after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a New York Times history. Their rule was characterized by strict adherence to fundamentalist Islamic law.

Al-Qaida is a terrorist network formed to drive the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. It was created by Osama bin Laden, a Saudi Arabian native who orchestrated the Sept. 11 attacks.

During their reign over Afghanistan, the Taliban sheltered bin Laden's al-Qaida. After the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush demanded that the Taliban give up bin Laden. When they refused, the United States launched a major air and ground campaign that drove the Taliban out of major Afghan cities. U.S. forces also battled al-Qaida in the Afghan mountains, killing and capturing some of its leaders, but not bin Laden. With U.S. forces turning their main attention to Iraq, the Taliban regained strength in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama has increased the number of American troops in Afghanistan to battle the Taliban.

Seasons for cable shows vary

I'm new to shows on cable and am not sure how the season works. I found two shows that I enjoy have not been on for a while. One is Mad Men on AMC and another show is Ruby on the Style Channel. Are these shows coming back? When is the new season for cable shows?

Mad Men will begin its third season Aug. 16. Ruby begins its second season on July 5.

The seasons for cable shows vary, with some put on during the summer while the broadcast networks are resting their biggest shows, and others appearing across the course of the TV season. What throws people more with cable series is that their seasons often consist of fewer episodes than for a hit broadcast show. So the breaks between cable seasons may stretch long, and it appears that shows have been canceled when they are really just on pause.

'Flashpoint' future uncertain

I really enjoyed the new show Flashpoint. Is it coming back?

The Canadian-made series was not mentioned in CBS's announcement of its plans for the 2009-10 season. But according to published reports, CBS may air new episodes later this summer or in summer 2010. And, if CBS has a time slot to fill because other new shows falter, there's always a chance it will reappear during the coming season. It's a relatively inexpensive show for the network.

Q&A: Explaining Taliban and al-Qaida 06/22/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 22, 2009 5:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida's school grades improve as educators get the hang of a new system

    Testing

    Following a trend, Florida's school grades showed strong gains in the third year after the state changed its grading formula and the standardized tests that students take every year.

    After finding out earlier Wednesday that her school went from a low C to an A,  Bear Creek Elementary principal Willette Houston celebrates with her students in the YMCA After School program at the school in St. Petersburg. Houston is giving a high five to rising fifth grader Jonaven Viera. Rising 4th grader Jonathan Cafaro is in foreground with his back to camera. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  2. Tampa Bay woman, 11-year-old boy had sex up to 20 times the year their baby was born, detectives say.

    Crime

    TAMPA — A woman sexually battered an 11-year-old Brandon boy, got pregnant and raised the baby for three years before a tip led to her arrest, Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said.

    Marissa Mowry, now 25,  had sex as many as 20 times in 2014 with a boy who was 11 when he impregnated her, Hillsborough County detectives allege. [Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  3. Heights Public Market to host two Tampa Bay food trucks

    Business

    TAMPA — The Heights Public Market announced the first two food trucks for its "rotating stall," which will feature new restaurants every four months. Surf and Turf and Empamamas will be rolled out first.

    Heights Public Market is opening this summer inside the Tampa Armature Works building.
[SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times file photo]

  4. Mariners lose lefty Drew Smyly to Tommy John surgery

    Ml

    SEATTLE — Drew Smyly was the centerpiece to one of Seattle's many offseason moves by general manager Jerry Dipoto. He was a priority acquisition as a proven lefty for the rotation the Mariners believed would thrive pitching at Safeco Field.

    Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Seattle announced the diagnosis on Wednesday, ending Smyly's hopes of returning during the 2017 season. [AP photo]
  5. Author Randy Wayne White could open St. Pete's biggest restaurant on the pier

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — The story begins with Yucatan shrimp.

    St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, pilot Mark Futch, Boca Grande, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, and author and businessman Randy Wayne White,  Sanibel, exit a Maule Super Rocket seaplane after taking a fight around Tampa Bay off the St. Petersburg waterfront, 6/28/17.  White and his business partners are in negotiations with the City of St. Petersburg to build a fourth Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille on the approach to the St. Petersburg Pier with a second event space on the pier according to White. The group met near Spa Beach after a ground breaking ceremony for the new pier. "We want to have our business open by the time the pier opens," said White. Other Dr. Ford restaurants are located on Sanibel, Captiva and Ft. Myers Beach. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times