Washington, November 25: Ismatullah Khalozai, Sultan Aziz Azam, Sanaullah Ghafari, and Maulawi Rajab, four Afghan men were added to the list of Designated Global Terrorists by the United States Treasury Department. In an official statement released on November 22, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control levied sanctions on these four people who were classified as a substantial financial facilitator for the Afghan branch of the Islamic State (ISIS-K).
It was mentioned that Ismatullah Khalozi provided support to ISIS-K’s operation in Afghanistan by facilitating international financial transactions that funded a human trafficking network and also the movement of foreign fighters who sought to escalate tension in Afghanistan and the region.
On August 15, the Taliban took over Kabul, forcing the US-backed government to resign. Later that month, the group unveiled the makeup of Afghanistan's new temporary government. The country is currently being pounded by worsening economic, humanitarian, and security crises as a result of the Taliban's takeover. The international community has provided many forms of support to the Afghan people, ranging from governments to non-governmental groups.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) warned on Monday that Afghanistan's banking sector is on the verge of collapsing due to rising liquidity issues and an increase in non-performing loans, thereby exacerbating the country's humanitarian catastrophe.
Since the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan more than three months ago, a looming banking crisis has added to the difficulties of the country's failing economy. It also comes as Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban's foreign minister, repeated calls for the US to release $9 billion in blocked cash or risk unleashing a huge refugee flight. More than half of the country's population, according to the World Food Program, is suffering from acute hunger. Afghanistan would risk widespread famine, according to Al Dardari, unless the international community takes immediate steps to assist with the financial sector.