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World Bank Pauses Disbursements to Afghanistan After Takeover

  • Bank has committed more than $5.3 billion to nation to date
  • Reconstruction Trust Fund has raised almost $12.9 billion
Taliban fighters patrol the streets of Kabul on Aug. 23.

Taliban fighters patrol the streets of Kabul on Aug. 23.

Photographer: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

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The World Bank has paused disbursements to its projects in Afghanistan, citing concern about the Taliban government’s impact on development prospects, particularly for women.