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Taliban’s Ariana Afghan Airlines and Your Money

The Ariana Afghan Airlines was once used by Osama bin Laden to move arms, people, and drugs in various points in the Middle East. The planes were grounded after the Taliban were deposed in 2001. Now, thanks to your money, Biden is paying the Taliban $300,000 per trip to fly people out of the country because Biden left them behind.

“During the Taliban’s regime, Al-Qaeda operatives were given Ariana identification to allow them to move arms, personnel and opium shipments between Dubai and Pakistan. There were indications that Russian arms dealers were operating Ariana during this period. By November 2001, only a month before US-led forces toppled the Taliban regime, Ariana was finally grounded for good. “Ariana would be resurrected in the post-Taliban era…”

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Yes, Ariana Afghan Airlines was resurrected…and is operating on your money. But can we trust them to ferry out US citizens that Biden left behind? Problematic.

“The Taliban sabotaged Biden’s retreat, keeping Americans and Afghans with visas trapped behind enemy lines to profit from their evacuation. And they’ve been doing just that. While the media has been shy about covering what’s going on, the Taliban have been quite open.

Taliban officials have boasted of handing out over 700,000 passports to collect $50 million.

“We are issuing up to 4,000 passports daily and we aim to increase the number to 10,000,” Shirshah Quraishi, deputy director of Afghanistan’s passport department, bragged.

It’s a myth that the Taliban are not allowing Afghans to leave. They’re happy to facilitate the trip for the right price. They’re also willing to let Americans and other foreigners visit since “the Taliban leadership also made more than $1 million in visa fees paid by more than 4,100 foreign nationals who have visited Afghanistan over the past year.” Many if not most of those visitors are involved in humanitarian aid organizations which the United States is also financing.” Front Page Mag  

And the Ariana Afghan Airlines tickets are only a drop in the bucket.

While some observers say that the Taliban have tackled corruption, particularly in revenue-generating sectors such as customs, getting a new passport remains mired in bribery and administrative corruption.

“I paid $800 in bribes and illicit commissions to get a passport,” said Farzana, an Afghan woman who has applied for a U.S. visa in Pakistan and preferred not to use her surname in this article. VOA 2021

Basically, Biden is paying for massive amounts of tickets for Ariana Afghan Airlines. In addition, the Biden administration deliberately exempted remittances from sanctions, according to Reuters- but large numbers of Afghan men of military age are coming to America, getting jobs, and sending their “remittance” back home. The exemption included “authorizing transactions involving the U.S.-blacklisted Taliban or Haqqani Network that are incident and necessary to the transfer of noncommercial, personal remittances to Afghanistan.”

The remittance money is broken up into installments of $200 each – and if they use the informal Hawala system, it incurs more and more fees even with the formal Islamic rule that forbids it. While remittances are normal for all immigrants, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda each take a cut before any money reaches the person’s family. The complicated system of finances in the sanctioned Islamic country virtually guarantees only a little money reaches where it belongs. The result is grinding poverty for all in Afghanistan and a cash cow for the Taliban.

“Humanitarian aid, passports, flights and remittances” are funding the Taliban and bringing in potential terrorists (Front Page Mag). But Biden is hot on the trail of MAGA spporters whom he claims are a clear and present danger.

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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