Taliban prohibits foreign transfer of US dollars and local artefacts

The Taliban say they’ve banned Afghans from transferring American dollars and local artefacts abroad.

Speaking with the Afghan Islamic Press, a Taliban spokesperson said anyone caught with these items would have them confiscated, and they’d face legal action.

It comes as the Taliban face mounting pressure on their finances from abroad.

The Afghan central bank has reserves of roughly $9bn (£6.5bn), most of which is held in America. But the US has barred the Taliban from withdrawing any of its assets in America.

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have also suspended their aid and loans to Afghanistan.

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