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US wants to allocate billions to Afghanistan victims of 9/11 attacks and provide humanitarian assistance to Afghans

US wants to allocate billions to Afghanistan victims of 9/11 attacks and provide humanitarian assistance to Afghans

September 11, 2001 in New York, after the Twin Towers attack.Statue Stan Honda / AFP

The decision, announced by President Biden on Friday, will provoke outrage from the money-seeking Taliban. Afghanistan has a $ 6 billion central bank account in New York and was shut down by the United States in August after the Taliban seized power after 20 years of fighting.

The American action is very special. It is unusual for the government of a country where the assets of another country have been frozen to decide with their own hands what to do with that money. The Taliban government, unrecognized by the United States and other countries, has been trying to raise billions for months. The government has had no money since August, when financial aid from abroad was cut off.

Assistance to the people by the UN and international organizations is also facing problems. However, the United States has refused to comply with Taliban demands for the release of billions in the United States. As a result of this decision, Afghanistan now has only 1.8 billion euros in bank accounts in various countries, including Germany. This money is also disabled. It is unclear what will happen to these assets from the Central Bank of Afghanistan.