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Federal Judge Rejects 9/11 Families’ Bid to Seize Billions from Afghan Central Bank Funds

HeadlineAug 30, 2022

A federal judge has recommended against efforts by victims of the September 11 attacks to seize $3.5 billion from Afghanistan’s central bank. After the Taliban regained power last year, the Biden administration froze $7 billion in Afghanistan’s foreign reserves and then set aside half of the money for 9/11 families who sued the Taliban. But some 9/11 families have opposed such efforts. Leila Murphy of the group September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows said, “I am relieved that the judge has taken a step toward the only legally and morally correct approach — making the entire $7 billion available to Afghans to deal with the economic crisis we helped to cause.”

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