Through this support, the Taliban was able to seize the important border town of Spin Boldak. On November 3, 1994, the Taliban took control of Kandahar City in a surprise attack, losing only a dozen men in the fight. The Taliban’s early popularity was largely due to their success in stamping out corruption, curbing lawlessness and making the roads and the areas under their control safe for commerce to flourish.Only three foreign governments recognized the Taliban government between 19: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.The Northern Alliance, led by Ahmed Shah Massoud, became the Taliban government’s main military and political opposition, and maintained Afghanistan's seat at the United Nations.Disappointed that Islamic law had not been put in place following the ousting of communist rule, Mullah Omar gathered a small group of students and pledged to rid Afghanistan of warlords and criminals.
Shortly thereafter, Kandahar became the capital of the Taliban government.
These schools were funded by Pakistani and Arab philanthropists hoping to influence the interpretation of Islam practiced in the region.
It was at these madrassas that the future Taliban members developed a belief in the strict Islamic law they would later impose in Afghanistan.
 Following the August 7, 1998 bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by Al Qaeda, the US launched air strikes in Afghanistan, targeting sites believed to be part of Al Qaeda’s network.
 The Taliban announced that Osama Bin Laden had not been killed in the attacks.