U.N. plans $6 mln payment to Taliban for security

Four months after the fall of Kabul, Nasratullah, a young Taliban fighter, along with many others, still basks in the euphoria of victory.

Recently married, he is now in charge of security at a Kabul police station, replacing his weapons with a walkie-talkie.

"When I started in the jihad against the Americans, I was 14 or 15 years old. During that time, my brother was our group leader and I used to participate in some battles. But when I turned 20, I spent all my time with the mujahidin and in battle."

"For the past 20 years, Americans have occupied our country and attacked us in various ways. They have created a mindset in our people through the media and portrayed us as bad people."

With persisting security issues and a deepening economic crisis, the Taliban is now tasked to rebuild the country.

A United Nations plan might be something that would help the dire shortages of funds hampering the new government.

It is proposing to pay nearly $6 million for protection in Afghanistan to Taliban-run Interior Ministry personnel, according to a U.N. document and a source familiar with the matter.

Its chief, Sirajuddin Haqqani, also a deputy Taliban leader, is under U.N. and U.S. sanctions and wanted by the FBI.

The proposed funds would be paid next year, mostly to subsidize the monthly wages of Taliban fighters guarding U.N. facilities...

...and to provide them a monthly food allowance under an expansion of an accord with the former U.S.-backed Afghan government.

But several experts said the plan raised questions about whether they would violate sanctions and whether the United Nations would be able to detect any diversions of those funds for other purposes.

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