Afghan central bank - little left but dollar bills

ARTICLE - A dingy bank vault in the center of this destitute, dust-smudged capital holds the foreign-currency reserves of Afghanistan: $90,000, much of it in single dollar bills. The cash, all that remains of Afghanistan's plundered treasury, was simply too bulky to steal.

From Andrew Higgins for the Wall Street Journal, 4 December

"The Taliban took everything they could carry," says Said Aloi Ashemy, a burly Northern Alliance soldier appointed last week as caretaker governor of Afghanistan's

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