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Biden Faces Sanctions Test in Afghanistan as Taliban Take Over

  • Penalties could hinder regime’s efforts to avert economic ruin
  • U.S. may need leverage to help Americans, vulnerable Afghans
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The Biden administration’s reluctance to ease sanctions on the Taliban will hamper the group’s ability to establish a new government in Afghanistan and risk plunging the country deeper into poverty.

Long-standing U.S. measures restricting Taliban officials from access to the financial system are likely to stay in place. The sanctions offer crucial leverage for President Joe Biden’s team as they negotiate to win safe passage for 100-to-200 Americans and thousands of Afghans who weren’t evacuated in August and still want to leave the country.