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Afghan Central Bank, Aid Groups Condemn U.S. Move to Seize and Redirect Billions in Afghan Assets

HeadlineFeb 14, 2022

In Afghanistan, authorities released four women activists over the weekend. They had been reported missing after participating in an anti-Taliban rally in January. Separately, two European journalists who had been detained while on assignment for the U.N. Refugee Agency were also released Friday.

In other news from Afghanistan, the nation’s central bank condemned President Biden’s executive order Friday, which seeks to seize, then split $7 billion in U.S.-held Afghan assets between the families of 9/11 victims and humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan. The Afghan central bank said the move is “an injustice to the people of Afghanistan.” Aid groups also blasted the news, as millions in Afghanistan face extreme poverty, hunger and displacement.

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