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Afghanistan turmoil

Biden faces pushback for splitting Afghan assets

President's unusual order on Afghanistan could worsen humanitarian crisis

Afghans line up outside a bank to take out their money after the Taliban takeover in Kabul, on Sept. 1, 2021.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- After U.S. President Joe Biden's decision last Friday to carve out half the assets of Afghanistan's central bank for U.S. victims of terrorism, including the 9/11 attacks, criticism is mounting of the unusual move, made through an executive order. Many experts say it will act as a final death blow to the country's economy.

"The richest country in the world has decided to rob the poorest country in the world in the name of justice for a crime in which no Afghans participated," said Barnett Rubin, a former advisor to the U.S. and Afghan governments. "A fitting end to the War on Terror."

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