The Taliban receives an estimated $300 million USD in revenue per year from mineral sources (both direct control and taxes), according to NGO Global Witness. The revenue stream is second is size only to their narcotics trade. The mineral trade that includes resources such as talc and other standard industrial
A senior State Department official testified that Russia and Iran are “hedging their bets” by supporting the Taliban against other terror groups and the central government. These accusations have been regularly leveled at Russia who is often charged with providing weapons to the Taliban. Russia rejects the charges, but the
“The push by Afghanistan’s president to nationalize legions of private security guards before the end of March is encouraging corruption and jeopardizing multibillion-dollar aid projects, according to companies trying to make the switch.” (Source: The Associated Press: Afghan private security handover looking messy.)
“A car bomb exploded near a busy shopping area in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, on Sunday, which officials said killed at least seven people.” (Source: World News – Car bomb kills at least seven in Afghanistan.)
“A suicide car bomber killed a deputy governor and five other people Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, police said. In an emotional speech, President Hamid Karzai urged Afghans to decry such violence and fretted that young people will choose to flee their country. The explosion occurred when the official was driving
“A suicide bomb in Afghanistan’s capital killed at least a dozen civilians and five U.S. troops on Tuesday — a bloody strike claimed by the Taliban and deplored by the NATO coalition. The blast, which occurred on a busy road near a NATO-led military convoy and a registration center for
“A crew of suicide bombers attacked a central commercial area dotted with guesthouses frequented by foreigners, setting off an hours-long gunbattle with Afghan police early Friday and killing at least 17 people. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the dramatic raid, which began around daybreak and wounded at least 32 people.
“Ten people were killed in separate motorcycle bomb attacks in Afghanistan Tuesday morning, government officials said. One bombing occurred in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, said Daoud Ahmadi, the spokesman for the provincial governor. The explosive device, that was concealed on a bicycle, exploded in a bus station.
“Security has been tightened in the Afghan capital Kabul a day after the city centre was attacked by Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers. Troops searched vehicles entering the city and increased the number of checkpoints. In addition there were extra foot and vehicle patrols.
“A suicide bomber apparently planning to attack a meeting of NATO and tribal officials blew himself up in a busy market district Thursday in central Afghanistan, killing at least 20 people, officials said, making it the deadliest attack against civilians in more than three months. The attack came a day