These are sites that will assist you in finding the information you need to complete this project.

World Book online--always a good place to start. http://worldbookonline.com

General information sites:
Background notes: http://www.state.gov

CIA World Factbook:Maps and general information for 267 countries. http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

Columbia Gazetteer of the World: http://www.columbiagazetteer.org

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations: http://www.highbeam.com/Worldmark+Encyclopedia+of+the+Nations/publications.aspx

United Nations: http://www.un.org/Pubs/onlinepubs.htm

World Travel Guide : http://www.worldtravelguide.net/

Jerusalem, Israel, Lebanon resources from the Jewish Virtual Library. May link to Palestine, too.
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/index.html

Time magazine article on the Taliban: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,175372,00.html

MSEncarta on Taliban: http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761588418/Taliban.html

Demographics info for Middle East region:http://www.indexmundi.com/ middle_east.html