Biden to split Afghanistan's money between 9/11 victims and aid organizations

Washington DC - President Joe Biden’s decision to split $7 billion of frozen Afghan funds between victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and humanitarian aid has sparked outrage among Afghans and many observers.

Afghanistan's economy is crumbling as the country suffers under US-imposed sanctions.
Afghanistan's economy is crumbling as the country suffers under US-imposed sanctions.  © IMAGO / Xinhua

On Friday, Biden signed an astonishing executive order paving the way for Afghan funds held in the US to be split between humanitarian aid to the country and for the compensation of American victims of the September 11 attacks.

Ordinary Afghans, former politicians, academics, and the Taliban expressed outrage at Biden’s decision.

"The theft and seizure of the Afghan nation’s frozen money by the United States represent the lowest level of the human and moral decay of a country and a nation," senior Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem Wardak said on Twitter.

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On social media, many Afghans said Biden was stealing money from people that had nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism in the US.

No Afghan was among the terrorists involved in the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Osama Bin Ladin, the leader of al-Qaeda and a Saudi, was later killed in Pakistan.

Experts claim the allocation of frozen assets as laid out in Biden’s decree would mark an irreparable blow to Afghanistan’s economy.

"It's essentially giving back Afghans their own money as humanitarian assistance while throttling the economy," Afghan policy analyst and researcher Mohsin Amin tweeted.

A senior Democratic aide told The Intercept that Biden's decision, coupled with crippling sanctions on the country, "effectively amounts to mass murder."

Cover photo: IMAGO / Xinhua

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