Iman University, a Sunni religious school in Yemen, educated US Taliban member John Walker Lindh and gave a teaching post to militant American preacher Anwar al-Awlaki. The school denied rumors that it hosted "underwear bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, but concern over its militant ties are growing.
Meet the modern-day brigands behind the sometimes sophisticated, always risky operations that raked in an estimated $80 million in ransoms in 2008.
They swarmed the neighboring district of Buner and secured the right to preach in mosques there.
At least 50 were killed in the suicide attack on the Sunni mosque in Khyber Agency.
Two attacks on American forces come as allies Pakistan and Afghanistan are calling for dialog with the Taliban.
The Monitor talks to three female filmmakers about the trials and triumphs of moviemaking in conservative societies.