Taliban face myriad challenges ruling Afghanistan

Two months after taking control of Afghanistan, the Taliban are facing a range of challenges.

The Islamist group has been trying to build relations with the international community.

Taliban representatives met a US government delegation in Qatar earlier this month. They were the first such talks since the group recaptured the Afghan capital Kabul on August 15.

But the Taliban must now urgently address economic and security problems.

Afghanistan's economy has been in turmoil, partly because the government's overseas assets remain frozen.

On October 8, more than 40 people were killed by a suicide bombing at a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

In addition, one estimate shows that the fighting in recent years has forced 3.5 million people from their homes and left them displaced within the country. Concerns are growing that shortages of food and daily necessities may reach critical levels through the winter.

The Taliban interim government is calling on the international community to separate the humanitarian situation from political issues, and to continue providing support to Afghanistan.

But it is unclear whether the country can get enough help to deal with its challenges.

The US and European nations are cautious about officially recognizing the Taliban government, citing the group's failure to protect women's rights.