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Afghans Call Biden ‘Thief’ After He Gives Away Some of Nation’s Funds

One of the core messages of the recent protests was that Afghanistan, as a country, was not responsible for the September 11 attacks.
A torn banner lies on the ground after a protest condemning President Joe Biden's decision on frozen Afghan assets, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 15, 2022. Biden signed an executive order on February 11 to create a pathway to split $7 billion dollars of Afghan assets frozen in the U.S. to fund humanitarian relief in Afghanistan and to create a trust fund to compensate September 11 victims. AP PHOTO/HUSSEIN MALLA
A torn banner lies on the ground after a protest condemning President Joe Biden’s decision on frozen Afghan assets, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 15, 2022. Biden signed an executive order on February 11 to create a pathway to split $7 billion dollars of Afghan assets frozen in the U.S. to fund humanitarian relief in Afghanistan and to create a trust fund to compensate September 11 victims. AP PHOTO/HUSSEIN MALLA

Six months after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan, citizens are accusing U.S. President Joe Biden of stealing aid from those in need.

Last week, Biden signed an executive order that would split in half $7 billion of Afghan assets frozen in the U.S. after the Taliban takeover. Afghanistan will receive $3.5 billion, while the other half will go to American victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks. The move has been widely criticized, with many calling Biden a “thief.”

“[The attacks on] 9/11 had nothing to do with Afghans,” said one sign at a protest attended by more than 3,000 people. “Shame Shame Mr. Biden, you kill us, you bomb us and now you steal our money.”

The legality of such a move has also been questioned by Afghans, including financial adviser Torek Farhadi.

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