Taliban orders the UK to pay billions of pounds compensation for Afghanistan war
The Taliban government is to insist the UK and other nations hand over billions as reparations for the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
Reports in Kabul suggest the demand is imminent – and that the Taliban is confident the UK will cave in.
Col Richard Kemp, who led British troops during the 20-year Afghanistan conflict condemns outrageous demand by Taliban regime responsible for torture and murder.
Noor Mohammad Mutawakel, of the acting Ministry of Information and Culture, said: “Britain is ready to pay us war reparations, and we welcome that. Other countries involved in the war must also be prepared to pay.”
One Whitehall source said: “We don’t know what they’re going to ask for yet but it could be in the billions across everyone involved. Whether we pay it or not is a different matter.”
Afghanistan’s economy is on the brink. Its GDP is set to shrink 10% this year and 5% in 2022-23.
Many foreign powers are freezing assets held overseas – with the US alone holding £7billion. But the demand for reparations is controversial after the Taliban killed so many Allies.