Taliban unlikely to gain immediate access to most DAB assets

Likely asset freeze and fall in currency may lead to hyperinflation, analyst warns

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Most of the Afghan central bank’s assets are held outside the country, publicly available data indicates, making it hard for any new regime to access them.

The Taliban, which has seized the country’s capital, is currently under international sanctions, which would need to be lifted before it could access the assets. Most central bank assets are held in the US, the main supporter of the previous Afghan government and the Taliban’s chief military opponent.

One analyst, John Paul Koning

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