In early 1992, Kabul was captured, and the guerrilla alliance set up a new government consisting of a 50-member ruling council. Rabbani became interim president and Hekmatyar prime minister. Later, Hekmatyar and Dostum laid siege to Kabul, fighting Rabbani, the president and his Defense Minister Ahmed Shah Massoud, later killed.
From 1992 to 1996, Hekmatyar and Dostum destroyed 70% of Kabul and killed 50,000 people, most of them civilians. Human rights groups allege that Hekmatyar is responsible for murdering more Afghans than the Soviet Union killed. Hekmatyar fled to Iran where he continued to lead the Hezbi Islami party. He is also accused of offering rewards for those who kill U.S. troops.
In 1994, another militia group, Islamic student Mullahs or clerics, Taliban, emerged as an increasingly powerful force.
In September 1994, Taliban captured Kabul and declared themselves as the legitimate government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan; they imposed Islamic laws. They chopped hands, stoned to death women and beheaded men in the main squares.
In early 2001, the Taliban, Islamic clerics, destroyed all statues, reasoning that only God can make man in his own image, including two ancient giant Buddhas in Bamian, situated in the rock formation outside Kabul in the middle of the desert. This achievement was filmed and successfully broadcast worldwide by BBC and CNN.
USA demanded the delivery of Ben Laden. Mullahs, Taliban, stubbornly refused to hand him over.
October 2001, USA launched attacks against Taliban and Al Qaeda (bin Laden's organization) positions and forces. All the lizards and snakes harboring in deep caves were turned to ashes by Bunker Buster bombs.
Karzai was elected president (for a two-year term), and King Zaher Shah was declared the "father".
Now, the 55-year-old general, Stan McChristal, has apologized. "It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened," McChrystal said in a statement. "His wife, Annie, has joined him for a rare visit, in Paris: Since the Iraq War began in 2003, she has seen her husband less than 30 days a year." Stan sleeps "…four hours a night, running seven miles each morning, and eating one meal a day". 3rd teardrop!