US and IMF block Taliban access to Afghanistan assets

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The US government and the International Monetary Fund are aiming to ensure Afghanistan’s foreign assets remain generally inaccessible to the Taliban. Their decisions follow the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul on August 15 and the flight of president Ashraf Ghani from the country.

Various media quoted an unnamed US official, who said that “any central bank assets the Afghan government have in the United States will not be made available to the Taliban”. On August 18, the IMF stated that, due to a

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