The Taliban brutally flogged a teenage girl, burned schools to the ground and advanced to within 60 miles of Pakistan's capital. Despite the stern rules and intolerant attitude, many Pakistanis support the Taliban insurgency. Why? Who are the Taliban, and what's their appeal? Neal Conan explores those questions with authors and experts on the region.
Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, worked as an administrator in Waziristan and Baluchistan, and was Pakistani ambassador to the United Kingdom. His latest book is Journey Into Islam.
Nicholas Schmidle, a New America Foundation fellow, wrote To Live or to Perish Forever.
And Gretchen Peters, author of Seeds of Terror: How Heroin is Bankrolling the Taliban and al-Qaida, covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade, first with the Associated Press and then for ABC News.