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JUNE 2023

Taliban Lacks Necessary Finances To Deliver Functioning Government

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Taliban Lacks Necessary Finances To Deliver Functioning Government

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Afghanistan has little economic prospects after 20 years of war.

Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst

The U.S. could not vanquish the Taliban, failed to defeat Al-Qaeda, and were unsuccessful in leaving behind a pluralistic, tolerant and economically-sustainable Afghan state. Washington failed to induce good governance in Afghanistan and to stop Pakistan’s multifaceted support for the Taliban. After twenty years of war with the U.S., the Taliban now confronts the hard challenge of governing and managing the economy.

Formal legal incomes make up a small portion of Afghanistan’s revenues as it is dependent on foreign aid and illicit economies. In July 2020, former President Ashraf Ghani said that 90% of Afghans live below the government-determined poverty line of $2 a day and 30% are acutely food insecure. For an economy suffering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the withdrawal of U.S. forces has the effect of spurring a drastic economic decline as Afghanistan becomes more globally isolated.

Pakistan has been engaging with key international and regional stakeholders with a message that Afghanistan should not be left alone and that the incoming government, likely to be led by the Taliban, should be given a chance. Recently, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan sought the world’s support for the Taliban. During the high-level ministerial meeting on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan convened by the UN, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi linked the observance of human rights by the new Taliban government to the financial aid Afghanistan receives. Khan’s key cabinet members, like Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, regularly calls for the Taliban government to receive international financial assistance.

Currently, the Taliban faces the loss of billions of dollars that had been allocated to Afghanistan. The U.S. immediately froze $9.5 billion worth of central bank assets. The International Monetary Fund blocked access to $460 million, and the EU has suspended aid. International donors had been providing 75% of the government’s operating budget, and the U.S. and NATO paid around $4 billion each year to fund the Afghan military. Iran, although struggling economically because of U.S. sanctions, is seeking good relations with the Taliban but cannot offer generous economic aid. Only China and the monarchies of the Gulf have deep pockets, but the question is if they will. Although Pakistan has been providing military and intelligence aid, its own economy is stagnating and wholly reliant on China.

The Taliban has no experience in delivering or maintaining existing state services, such as electricity or water, let alone tackling complex issues like setting macroeconomic policies. The immediate effects of the financial squeeze saw cash liquidity in Afghanistan drop, driving up inflation – including food prices, resulting in immense hardship to the population.

If the Taliban continues to engage in purges of non-Sunnis and implement regressive Sharia laws like public hangings and mutilation, educated Afghans will continue to flee the country, thus provoking a new brain drain. International actors will maintain sanctions on the Taliban and perhaps even intensify them. The new government will also struggle to find jobs for the many now-unemployed soldiers of the Afghan security forces.

The illegal poppy cultivation can only offset a part of those losses. However, the Taliban has promised to make Afghanistan drug free, and it is recalled that at its first press conference on August 19, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid promised that the new government would not turn what is already the world’s leading opium producer into a fully-fledged narco-state.

None-the-less, undeniably heroin production has helped fund the Taliban, and despite proclamations that they will struggle to wean themselves off the profitable trade, it is likely that economic pressures will force them to continue cultivation for some time as banning it would be socially immiserating for Afghanistan’s poorest.

Now that the Taliban are in power, they will find it difficult to maintain cohesiveness across its many different factions that have varied ideological intensity and material interests. The Taliban will also need to ensure that its key commanders and soldiers are paid enough to not be tempted to split off, like many did when Islamic State established itself in the country in 2015. A key element of the Taliban’s blitzkrieg this summer was bargaining with regional militias and promising them access to local economic rents, such as mining and logging.

The Taliban needs Chinese money, but persisting violence and corruption could deter economic investments. Beijing opposes any support for Uighur militants based in Afghanistan, including the Taliban’s Uighur units. Russia, Iran and the Central Asian states also want to ensure that the spread of the Islamic State into their territories does not occur.

Taxing the transport system in the country has long been a Taliban strategy for revenue raising. Whether the Taliban manages to keep the lucrative transport trade will depend on whether it sufficiently satisfies the counterterrorism interests of China, Iran, Russia and Central Asia. If the Taliban continues to support terrorist groups like they did in the 1990’s, this could see Afghanistan have only Pakistan as a trading partner and become wholly reliant on it for survival.

The Taliban understands how to deliver a brutal order, suppress crime and provide swift dispute resolution. Despite this, it does not have the capacity to build hospitals and deliver medical care, build modern water, electricity, and infrastructure systems, and provide high quality education. Afghanistan’s economic outlook remains uncertain and blanket sanctions and global isolation will worsen the suffering in the country. In this way, although the Taliban won the war against the U.S., it still has a long and difficult task of delivering not only security to the Afghan people, but also economic stability and opportunity.


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The US never entered Afghanistan to create anything of substance other than a puppet government to plunder all resources. They failed miserably.

After the staged 9/11 false flag, new york, london investors began salivating at the thought of US wars on Iraq, Iran, Syria etc. They imagined the billions and eventual trillions their investment funds would accumulate.

Was not to be. The the entire “war on terror” hoax was exposed as a gigantic fraud.


No, they went inside Afghanistan to kill the sunni wahabbi dalit. And that was a good thing. Millions of bastard sunni/ wahabbi are dead now. Generations destroyed. I fully support what the US did. Fuck Sunni wahabbi modr jende. Fuck them all. We should genocide them all.


Like they genocided the Shi cultists in Afghanistan?


yous next motherfucker…….your turns coming up down the failed state alley. Good luck with your bankruptcy.


They did not loose, checkmate is a failed state around all Islamic belt countries, Afghanistan will never be a nation, can’t you see the point?….next iran but they have to be financed through nuclear deal first to finish Saudi Arabia


What I don’t understand is why would America leave the war and leave those weapons there? Those private military companies were making so much money, and so was America. What’s the end game here with leaving all that stuff there?

US & EU are Zion slaves

Back in Trump-ear the USA came up with a new war plan and it didn’t include Afghanistan. (When the USA was leaving Afghanistan they called China and told them they are not going to attack them). I hope you understand why they say that.

Think about it, Afghanistan is failed state it has been for years. Taliban are backward Sunnis they may say they changed but the truth is they are the same Wahhabi pigs like 20 years ago with a much bigger fake ego at their back now.

Why wouldn’t the USA leave Afghanistan? They don’t have to deal with those backward Sunnis anymore, it is Iran, Russia, and China problem now. Russia has to be more careful around Central Asia countries – More ISIS and Al-Qaeda are going to come from Afghanistan again, remember Russia said: “a lot of backward Sunnis from Syria are moving to Afghan from Syria”. Iran is a Shia country and those backward Sunnis are just Wahhabi pigs, didn’t you remember how fast UAE/Pak/KSA/Qatar jump into Afghanistan, you know those countries known for funding ISIS and Al-Qaeda around the world. China is clear, don’t fuking aid/help ISIS and Al-Qaeda…LMFAO good luck with that, and they also ask those backward Sunnis to don’t help Turkistan Islamic Party. LOL. Ofc, ignore what China going to Uyghur.

It was a great move by the USA, it is a win for yanquis overall.


That makes sense, thanks! That’s probably why Iran, Russia and China all rushed to make some neutral relationship with Taliban.

US & EU are Zion slaves

Iran, Russia, and China still haven’t removed the Taliban as terrorists. China doesn’t need Afghanistan for its trade root, even.


Talk up your “win” to the millions of people displaced, murdered, drug addicted, disappeared etc.

The US showed up 20 years ago after a false flag bush gov hoax, known as 9/11. The idiotic proxies used? The zionists and saudis.

Find the documentary Donald Trump, 9/11, Case Closed. Correct version, just under one hour, available on bittorent. Educate yourself.

US & EU are Zion slaves

“Talk up your “win” to the millions” – My “win”? All I said was it was a great move from the US to leave Afghanistan.


Dont bother advising this monkey. Nothing worst than a Persian Coconut, Euro- Wannabe with a deficient education and an overwhelming hatred of the very thing he is – A BROWN person


So the motherfuckers keep killing each other. Transferring all the equipment out was a logistical nightmare and expensive. Why not leave it all over there so the bastards keep killing each other no? Just like introducing guns and drugs in the ghetto no?…….lol

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They didnt voluntarily leave those. They were caught surprised with the speed by which the Afghan army folded. The army forgot its purpose and fled first leaving behind all those civilians and equipment.

US & EU are Zion slaves

They can sell their soul to their brother’s Wahhabi Sunni in KSA for some $. China, Russia, and Iran are clear, those backward Sunnis have to show they have improved and became somewhat like humans.


Russia still regards you persians as backwards – hows that nuke coming along then? The “dalit” Pakis have it already for 4 decades


you lower caste cunt, you can’t use nukes! You got that? your nukes are useless. Your drama is bankruptcy.


The best government is no government


Afghanistan/ pakistan are failed states surviving on western charity/ life support. If the west moves its hand these motherfuckers will starve to death. Simple as that. No need to sugar coat shit……..it is what it is.


So was Iran at the turn of the century – a US/UK lackey. It was only through the very people you hate – the Islamists in Qom , that Iran’s fortunes were changed- You are a total dumb cunt


You stupid dalit, don’t you compare yourself with us. Yous a fukkin slave. You got no history and no background. Yous a shit dog hendi. A fukkin convert. You won’t survive as a country founded upon religion. Now fuck off.


We’re still fighting the Taliban, just with money instead of guns, and it’s the Afghan people who are going to suffer for it.

Wayne Gabler

Welcome to the world of IMF sanctions and economic terrorism. Cuba can help them understand what is in the work. The main point is they never end, Cuba imports sugar after 60 years of sanctions.


Taliban should charge the US for destroying its country. Russia too had a hand in this. Fair is fair – they should pay reparations, not just make grand statements (The Russians). The US is still bitter, hence the frrezing of funds and continued terror attacks.

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