Taliban has billion-dollar budget, $240,000,000 in foreign donations, help from Pakistan

Taliban has billion-dollar budget, $240,000,000 in foreign donations, help from Pakistan. By Ashlyn Davis.

A band of jihadis in a poor country defeated American-backed Afghan troops, which, says President Biden, was one of the most well-equipped forces, as good as any army in the world. Is that not perplexing?

One indication of why this happened is the fact that the annual budget of the Taliban is 30 times greater than was Afghanistan’s allotted budget for its army. The Taliban are no longer the untidy, unkempt, disheveled militia we saw on grainy videos from the mid-1990s to early 2000s.

The Taliban’s shining artilleries are brand new, their High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees) are smoothly tearing across Afghan terrain. Their immaculate coiffures are a significant contrast to their rumpled appearances of yore. They will still cane Afghan women and execute men they deem to be enemies of Allah, but they will do it in style.

The Taliban are now a disciplined, well-off legion. Their stomachs are full, and their pockets are heavy: the Taliban is flush with funds and is one of the world’s most well-financed jihad terror outfits. …

If a confidential North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) report accessed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is to be believed, the annual budget of Afghanistan’s homegrown jihad group has experienced a 400 per cent hike in four years, rising to the whopping sum of $1.6 billion in the fiscal year 2019-20. …

The Taliban has generated $464 million from mining activities, $416 million from drug dealing, $240 million from exports, another $240 million from foreign donations, $160 million from extortion money recorded as taxes, and $80 million from real estate dealings. …

The Taliban is Pakistan’s creation:

The significant role played by Pakistan in providing men, money and training to the Taliban warrants special mention. A popular belief in global diplomatic and military circles is that the Taliban is dependent on Pakistan for its sustenance. Though Islamabad tries to deny these allegations, its backing of the jihadis is too obvious and evident to be overlooked.

Pakistan has hosted jihad training camps for decades and indoctrinated students of madrassas to partake in the ongoing jihad in Afghanistan. Jihad is publicly preached in Pakistani mosques and on the streets of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a province that borders on Afghanistan. Islamic clerics throughout Pakistan seek support and donations for the jihadist outfit. The internet is swarming with stories about Taliban recruits receiving training on handling arms and weapons in Pakistan. Hundreds of Pakistanis have crossed into Afghanistan to join forces with the Taliban in their combat. Dozens of such citizens have been killed in fighting the Afghan forces in the past few months, according to residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. Also, injured Taliban jihadis have been carried to Pakistan and were given treatment in Pakistani hospitals.