US Treasury Designates Afghan Drug Traffickers As Terrorists

The Treasury designated two Afghan drug traffickers as terrorists for their alleged ties to the Taliban. The designation freezes any assets they have under U.S. jurisdiction and bans any U.S. person from doing business with them.

Haji Agha Jan Alizai, who operates one of the largest drug networks in battle-torn Helmand Province, paid the Taliban in exchange for protection of his narcotrafficking activities, the Treasury said in the statement. He also purchased weapons for the Taliban and traveled to Pakistan regularly to meet with its leadership, the statement said.


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