The US has been taking steps to keep cash away from the Taliban since Kabul fell into the hands of the Taliban. Officials told CNN that the US Treasury has taken steps to keep cash reserves managed by the Federal Reserve and other US banks out of the hands of the Taliban.
CNN reported earlier this week that the sudden collapse of the Afghan government on Sunday raised questions about the assets of the Afghan Central Bank by several veterans of the previous administration and asked whether any money could be lost in the hands of the Taliban. It is possible.
A US official with knowledge of the matter told CNN that the vast amount of Afghan Central Bank assets are not in Afghanistan. Assets in the US have essentially been blocked from access by the Taliban.
Separately, a Biden administration official said on Sunday that no Afghan government assets in the United States would be made available to the Taliban.
Meanwhile, the White House believes the Taliban will not return US weapons it has seized from Afghan forces. It was told during a press conference in Washington that the Biden administration believes that some of the weapons America has given to Afghanistan are in the possession of the Taliban and they do not expect them to return to America.
It was told that we do not have complete information about what was said about all the defense related items. But a fair amount of equipment has fallen into the hands of the Taliban and obviously we don’t understand whether they are going to hand it over to us easily at the airport.
On Sunday, a terrorist group occupied Afghanistan after entering the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Kabul. Taliban leaders are in Doha discussing future government plans and in contact with the international community and intra-Afghan parties to form a government in Afghanistan. The world is closely watching the situation in Afghanistan. Efforts are on by the countries to evacuate their people safely.