The Biden administration decided it would not release any of the approximately $7 billion in foreign assets held by Afghanistan’s central bank on US soil and suspended talks with the Taliban over the funds after the chief’s murder. Al-Qaeda in Kabul, according to the United States. officials.
The decision reverses early indications of progress in talks between the United States and the Taliban and strikes a blow to hopes for an economic recovery in Afghanistan as millions face starvation a year after the group began rule . The US drone attack that killed the leader of Al-Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri the end of last month exposed deep divisions within the movement and stoked concerns in the West about a resurgence of global terrorism emanating from Afghanistan.