Urdu Daily: U.S. Paid Tens Of Millions Of Dollars To Afghan Taliban; 'Five Bases For Which The Taliban Have Been Paid Two Crore [i.e., 20 Million] Dollars Each Are Bagram, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Herat, And Helmand'

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May 6, 2021

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Pakistan's leading Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Ummat, which is considered a pro-Taliban publication, reported on May 4, 2021: "According to [Roznama] Ummat's confirmed sources, for a safe exit from Afghanistan, America has made secret payments of crores [a unit equal to 10 million] of dollars to the Taliban to ensure the safe transfer of [U.S.] troops to Bagram [Airbase] from [the other] bases in Bagram, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Helmand, and Mazar-e-Sharif, and from the Shindand [district of] Herat."

The purpose of the payments, Roznama Ummat said, is to ensure that "the Taliban do not target the U.S. military's trucks and planes carrying weapons; and they will also be protected from other armed groups." The pro-Taliban daily added: "According to the sources, the five bases for which the Taliban have been paid two crore [ i.e., 20 million] dollars each are Bagram, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Herat, and Helmand..."

The daily noted that the Taliban have dismissed the information about the payments, adding: "However, an official of the Taliban Military Commission confirmed that the Taliban commanders and America have held negotiations regarding the exit of the American forces from Helmand and Shindand in Herat; and the Taliban have aided in the American military's exit from Herat because there was fear of attacks on the U.S. [military] convoys from the Iran-influenced organizations there."

Source: Roznama Ummat (Pakistan), May 4, 2021

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