ON AFGHANISTAN | US and Taliban exchange proposals for release of funds

August 1, 2022

Some $9bn in reserves have been held outside Afghanistan, including $7bn in the United States, since the Taliban overran Kabul last August as US-led forces withdrew after 20 years of battling the group.

Source: US and Taliban exchange proposals for release of funds: Report, Reuters, 26 Jul 2022

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A year after the Taliban took power, humanitarian needs are rising even as foreign aid has dried up.

During the former Islamic Republic, foreign aid grants funded 75 percent of public spending. Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, the United States has provided $775 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, but the UN says at least $4.4 billion is needed to address the emergency needs of more than 24 million Afghans – 60 percent of the population.

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