The Taliban’s Money Trail: Here’s How They Fund Their Operations In Afghanistan

Afghanistan, among poorest nations in the world, is heavily dependent on American aid

Credit: Fox News


The Taliban, on the heels of a steady, monthslong military blitz, retook control of Afghanistan last week, just four months after President Biden announced he would withdraw U.S. troops from the embattled nation and nearly 20 years after the militant group was first ousted.

One of the biggest questions the Taliban has faced after sweeping so quickly into power is how it got the cash to seize control and govern the country.

Afghanistan, already one of the poorest countries in the world, is heavily dependent on American aid. About 80% of the nation’s budget is funded by the U.S. and other international donors, according to John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

Within days of the Taliban consolidating power in Kabul, the Treasury Department froze Afghan government reserves stored in U.S. banks, depriving the group of billions of dollars in aid.

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