[Ed. – A vastly underreported story: Iran’s backing of the Taliban. Russia and China are also bankrolling the Taliban. When you see reports that we’re losing to the Taliban, remember that we’re not fighting a ragtag bunch of hillbillies getting their support from backwoodsmen in Pakistan; we’re fighting a force increasingly outfitted and actively supported by Asian patrons.]
The Treasury Department on Tuesday announced steps taken in cooperation with the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) to “expose and disrupt Taliban actors and their Iranian sponsors that seek to undermine the security of the Afghan Government.”
The Treasury Department announced sanctions against nine individuals who were identified as Taliban actors by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the TFTC.
“The TFTC has again demonstrated its tremendous value to international security by disrupting and exposing key Taliban members who are involved in suicide attacks, and other lethal activities. We are also targeting key Iranian sponsors providing financial and material support to the Taliban,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote in a statement.