Afghan dealers exchange currency at a money market in Kandahar province, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem
VOA: Afghan Taliban Struggle Financially Since Leader’s Death
ISLAMABAD — Afghan Taliban appear to be facing financial pressure since the death of their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who was more adept at managing money, according to the spokesman of NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
“The evidence we’ve seen of that is an increase in their taxes to locals as they move through,” Brigadier General Charles Cleveland said Wednesday in Kabul. “We believe that the death of Mullah Mansour certainly contributed to that as well.”
Mansour, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s Balochistan province in May, had financial acumen that, along with his involvement in the narcotics trade, helped grow the group’s war chest, Cleveland said.
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WNU Editor: If they are short of money .... it will be temporary. They now control too much territory and have millions of civilians under their control right now .... a perfect base for them to tax.