Taliban Find New Revenues as They Seize Afghanistan’s U.S.-Built Border Gateway

KABUL—The Taliban have acquired a rewarding new supply of profits, having about the primary trade gateway into Tajikistan, and starting to acquire customs revenues, as some of Afghanistan’s neighbors tacitly cooperate with the insurgent team.

The American-built Sher Khan Bandar crossing, north of the town of Kunduz, fell to the Taliban on June 22, with 134 border guards and other Afghan govt troops fleeing to neighboring Tajikistan. Since then, the insurgents have seized most of the relaxation of Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan. Virtually 1,000 Afghan troops sought refuge in Tajikistan on Sunday and Monday, surrendering the next principal crossing, Ishkashim.

As a substitute of shutting down after the insurgent takeover, the Sher Khan Bandar elaborate has remained operational, with tacit understandings attained amongst the Taliban and Tajikistan, in accordance to regional traders.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen explained the team had attained out to the governments of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan after having about quite a few border locations in June.

“We educated all these governments and certain them that the program do the job of the border, the customs, will be running as ahead of,” Mr. Shaheen explained in an interview. “Even the employees customers of the customs, we have not altered them, we advised them: Do your do the job as it was. We have not even altered the stamps. The motive is that we never want to create complications for businessmen, for traders, for widespread individuals.”