In 1996, the war-torn country of Afghanistan is undergoing a new round of tumult. The Taliban, an extremist group bent on imposing a brutal brand of fundamental Islamic rule, takes control of the government and initiates sweeping changes. The political leanings of the Taliban are a good match for bin Laden's violent ideologies. He takes advantage of the Taliban's receptiveness and sets up a base of operations, including terrorist training centers, in Afghanistan. Both al-Qaida and the Taliban jointly profit from the opium trade to fund their military and political missions. Al-Qaida grows larger, gaining momentum and attracting more followers.