Afghans take it to the streets to protest their billions stolen by US

2022-02-13 11:14:03
Afghans take it to the streets to protest their billions stolen by US

Demonstrators in Afghanistan’s capital Saturday condemned President Joe Biden’s order freeing up $3.5 billion in Afghan assets held in the US for families of America’s 9/11 victims — saying the money belongs to Afghans.

Protesters who gathered outside Kabul’s grand Eid Gah Mosque asked America for financial compensation for the tens of thousands of Afghans killed during the last 20 years of war in Afghanistan.

Some of the banners carried by the protesters read: "USA stole money from Afghans" and "America is cereal."

Biden’s order, signed on Friday, allocates another $3.5 billion in Afghan assets for humanitarian aid to a trust fund to be managed by the UN to provide aid to Afghans.

The country’s economy is teetering on the brink of collapse after international money stopped coming into Afghanistan with the arrival in mid-August of the Taliban.

Afghanistan has about $9 billion in assets overseas, including the $7 billion in the US. The rest is mostly in Germany, the UAE and Switzerland.

Its worth noting that Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was brought to Afghanistan by Afghan warlords after being expelled from Sudan in 1996.

Those same warlords would later ally with the US-led coalition to oust the Taliban in 2001. However, it was Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar who refused to hand over bin Laden to the US after the devastating 9/11 attacks that killed thousands.

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