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SIGAR: US Aid to Afghanistan Since the Downfall of Previous Government Totals $1.1bn

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) stated that the US has provided $1.1 billion in assistance to Afghanistan following the fall of the previous government.

According to a tweet from SIGAR on Tuesday, November 29, with a total aid donation to Afghanistan of $1.1 billion, the US continues to be the country’s “largest donor.”

SIGAR said that the $1.1 billion in US aid to Afghanistan includes close to $812 million in assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Almost $320 million of the $1.1 billion in already donated US aid to Afghanistan, according to the SIGAR report, was provided by the US Department of State after the installation of the country’s new administration, in mid-August last year.

Included in the provided assistance is more than $326.7 million in new assistance, which was announced on September 23.

The US donation of September 23 included over $208 million from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and nearly $118.8 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

The SIGAR’s report came at a time when the Central Bank of Afghanistan received numerous packages of $40 million and $32 million each, under the name of humanitarian relief.

The Central Bank of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), announced on Tuesday, November 29 that the overall international community’s cash assistance to Afghanistan has surpassed $1.673 billion.

According to figures from the Central Bank, the international community provided 18 packages of $40 million and 30 packages of $32 million to Afghanistan after August 15, 2021, while no information is available on how and how much of the provided assistance has been used.

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