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Washington, D.C. — Today, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul issued the following statement on findings by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) detailing the extent to which the Taliban is benefitting from U.S. taxpayer dollars since they took over Afghanistan in August 2021.

“Since the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, the United States government has provided over $2.8 billion to address the humanitarian crisis created by the Taliban takeover. Last year, I requested that SIGAR report on the extent to which U.S. taxpayer dollars are benefitting the Taliban. Unsurprisingly, SIGAR has found that at least $10.9 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars have been provided to the Taliban. It is unacceptable for any U.S. funding to benefit the Taliban. The Biden administration must take immediate action to prevent U.S. taxpayer dollars from going to the Taliban. I am grateful to SIGAR for their ongoing work to provide oversight of U.S. funding to Afghanistan.”