Taliban Seized More Than $50 Billion In U.S. Funds During Afghanistan Takeover

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 15:  Taliban take to the streets during a national holiday celebrating the first anniversary of the Taliban takeover on August 15, 2022 in Kabul, Afghanistan. A year after the Taliban retook Kabul, cementing their rule of Afghanistan after a two-decade insurgency, the country is beset by economic and humanitarian crises. Western governments have frozen billions of dollars in Afghan assets as it presses the Taliban to honor unmet promises on security, governance and human rights, including allowing all girls to be educated. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “Once the money was transferred, U.S. agencies lost visibility over those funds and relied on the Afghan government to disburse funds for their intended purposes,”  Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reported.
  • The amount is a small portion of the $17.3 billion in assistance that the U.S. Departments of Defense and State and USAID provided to Afghanistan from 2002-2021.
  • Roughly $7.1 billion of transferred defense articles and equipment remained in Afghanistan when the Taliban took over the nation.

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