Via London Times (pay wall protected):
Local Taleban commanders have allowed the women to be interviewed on condition that their faces are covered for photos and no one else in the village is informed. As we sit on a cheap red carpet in a cold room of their modest mud house, Mahmuda and Jawida explain that their husbands joined the Taleban six years ago, exasperated at the controversial US night-raids frequently conducted in their village.
The pair both support the Taleban despite its illiberal views on women. “They want to keep Afghanistan a good Muslim country,” Jawida says, “and we support that.”
If the Taleban return to power the two women see a brighter future for their children, including their daughters, who are banned by the movement from attending school.
“But if they [the Taleban] take power they will start religious schools for girls,” Mahmuda says.
As with nearly all Afghan women, Mahmuda’s movement is severely restricted by her husband. But she says that being the wife of an insurgent has its benefits.
“They are fighters and when they come home they are tired and don’t beat us.