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Afghanistan turmoil

Afghanistan faces 30% economic slump under Taliban rule: IMF

Neighboring countries likely to bear financial burden of refugee crisis

A man rides in a car filled with produce Oct. 18 at a market in Kabul. Afghanistan faces an economic collapse due in part to inflation and a weak currency.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Afghanistan's economic output could shrink by 30% this year as the Taliban government finds itself isolated from the global community, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday, a shock that "threatens to push millions into poverty."

"With nonhumanitarian aid halted and foreign assets largely frozen, Afghanistan's aid-dependent economy faces severe fiscal and balance-of-payments crises," the report said.

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