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Watchdog Group: Biden Admin, International Donors Send $80 Million Every 2 Weeks to Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the U.S. government’s leading oversight authority on Afghanistan reconstruction, has reported that the Biden regime and other international donors are inadvertently fueling the Taliban’s coffers.

Despite assurances to the contrary, around $80 million in aid is being funneled into Taliban-controlled Afghanistan every two weeks, according to The Free Beacon.

This aid, intended primarily for humanitarian projects, is being siphoned off by the Taliban through various means including fraudulent nonprofits and cash shipments sent by the United Nations every 10 to 14 days.

According to the SIGAR report:

“Due to the disruption to international banking transfers and liquidity challenges since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, the UN transports cash to Afghanistan for use by UN agencies and its approved partners. State told SIGAR that the UN cash shipments—averaging $80 million each—arrive in Kabul every 10–14 days. According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), all cash is placed in designated UN accounts in a private bank; none of the cash brought into Afghanistan is deposited in the central bank or provided to the Taliban. UNAMA said the cash is carefully monitored, audited, inspected, and vetted in accordance with UN financial rules and processes. From December 2021 to July 2023, the UN reported transferring $2.9 billion to support humanitarian operations. According to the World Bank, UN cash inflows were around $1.1 billion as of August 2023, following the $1.8 billion in cash shipments in 2022.”

Despite the theoretical protection of funds from Taliban interference, reports have indicated that the terror group has been increasingly targeting UN and NGO activities.

They have arrested aid workers, demanded sensitive data about various projects, and established fraudulent NGOs to receive donor assistance. Moreover, they have infiltrated and extorted existing Afghan NGOs providing educational assistance.

USAID has also reported that their agency-funded projects have been affected by Taliban interference in recent months. It is believed that Taliban leaders and officers are stealing undisclosed amounts from the tens of millions of dollars donated to Afghanistan.

Kabul Now reported:

report by Foreign Policy magazine, published on 30 December 2022, citing sources involved, states that Taliban leaders and commanders have been stealing unknown quantities from the tens of millions of dollars flown into the country, using the money to keep “supporters onside with handouts of cash and food and funding the private operations.”

There have been longstanding complaints about the Taliban prohibiting humanitarian assistance reaching some communities and provinces across Afghanistan.

“The Taliban are observing and managing the money, deciding where it must go, to what people, in which parts of the country,” the former officer said. “The people have no choice. The [Taliban] have no support, especially in the Hazara and Tajik environments in Ghor and Badghis provinces and other remote areas. The U.N. people are Afghans. They have no power to object—they face danger, intimidation, and so do their families. And no one checks later.” In other regions, such as southern provinces where the population is predominantly Sunni Pashtun, like the Taliban, aid goes directly to Taliban families and supporters,” reports Foreign Policy.

According to the UN, 97% of Afghanistan’s population live in poverty and millions are dependent on aid for survival.

According to a report from Judicial Watch, an extremist group has been exploiting the assistance system by establishing fraudulent Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

As a result, they have managed to divert a substantial amount of aid money that is intended for Afghanistan.

Judicial Watch reported:

The Taliban has established fraudulent non-governmental organizations (NGO) to loot the hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid that the United States has sent Afghanistan since the 2021 military withdraw. NGOs are typically nonprofits with humanitarian missions that supposedly work to improve public or social welfare.

Approximately 1.5 million NGOs operate in the U.S., according to the State Department, and they advocate for a variety of issues that include the environment, healthcare, women’s rights, marginalized populations, youth empowerment and economic development. The U.S. government gives NGOs billions of taxpayers every year through various agencies, including the departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and State.

In Afghanistan terrorists are not surprisingly stealing the humanitarian aid that keeps flowing to the central Asian Islamic nation by, among other things, utilizing fake NGOs. Specifically, the Taliban is benefiting from American education funding through the establishment of fraudulent NGOs to receive donor assistance, according to an audit published recently by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The Taliban is also infiltrating and extorting existing Afghan NGOs delivering educational assistance, the probe found. “For example, an NGO official told us the Taliban are targeting and extorting Afghans who receive monetary support from U.S.-funded education programs under the guise of taxation,” the report states. “In another example, NGO officials told SIGAR that the Taliban are coercing NGOs to hire Taliban supporters or purchase goods from Taliban-owned companies.”

Prior to the Biden administration’s abrupt military withdraw, the U.S. invested $1.3 billion on education-related programming in Afghanistan and reportedly it “contributed to significant improvements” in the Muslim nation’s education system. Since the terrorist group returned to power in August 2021, Uncle Sam has continued to fund Afghanistan’s education sector through six programs that cost $185.2 million even though the Taliban has issued decrees drastically limiting access to education for girls and women as well as restricting women’s ability to work and other basic freedoms. Nevertheless, the American taxpayer dollars keep flowing. In fiscal year 2023, which ended in September, the U.S. sent Taliban-ruled Afghanistan over $566 million in humanitarian assistance. Most of it was for emergency food but a chunk was classified as going to general humanitarian and health. More than $15 million went to a cause that is labeled “redacted” in the government records.

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In 2021, Joe Biden’s decision to surrender to the Taliban and flee Afghanistan resulted in an unprecedented transfer of US weapons, supplies, and cash worth nearly $85 billion.

The Taliban released videos of pallets of weapons and stacks of $100 bills they had seized from Joe Biden.

This irresponsible action posed a serious threat to national security, as these resources could be used against US forces in the future.

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