Taliban take questions using online forum

Reuters is reporting that the Taliban have started answering queries submitted to an online forum on their website.

Questions have been asked on topics ranging from the Taliban’s negotiations with the United States to their position on educating girls.

The Taliban banned girls from schools while they were in power, although there were reports in January 2011 that they had ended their opposition to education for women.

The number of girls in school has risen to 2.5 million since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, according to the government and aid groups.

The questions on the forum are being answered by Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, who blamed a lack of funding for girls’ schools that were run in accordance with Islamic tenets.

In response to another question, he indicated that the Taliban monitors Facebook, YouTube and media reports.