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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Every two months, Mohammaddin visits a tax collector in Chardara district, in northern Afghanistan, and is given receipts to show he has paid his tax and utility bills. The service is professional, he says, though the paperwork he receives does not bear the name of state-owned power company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which provides the electricity, but instead carries the printed logo of the Taliban. "Given the strictness of Taliban regarding implementation of their rules and regulations, I think they raise more from tax collection than the Afghan government," said Mohammaddin, a resident of the district outside Kunduz city, which is largely under Taliban control despite repeated operations by government forces to try to push the insurgents back. "They have proper tax collection and people cannot disobey them in areas they control."



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As the insurgents have won ground, levies on land and day-to-day economic activities have added to funds raised from illegal mining and the drug trade, allowing the Taliban to bolster its credentials as a government-in-waiting.

"The Taliban have the power to just easily extort however much they want but that's not quite what they do. They try to look and behave like a state," said Ashley Jackson, author of "Life Under the Taliban Shadow Government", a study published this year by the British-based Overseas Development Institute.

The Taliban has tended to take over two traditional Islamic levies: zakat, an obligation on Muslims to donate 2.5 per cent of their income to the poor; and ushur, a 10 per cent tax on harvests or produce taken to market.

In addition, electricity and mobile phone bills, which the insurgents collect in return for leaving power pylons and phone masts alone, and small levies on businesses selling daily necessities such as bakeries or flour mills, weave Taliban authority firmly into everyday life.

"For people living in Taliban-controlled areas, it's normal to pay taxes to the Taliban, because the Taliban are trying to properly govern the areas under their control," said Abdul, a 42-year-old from Aqtash district in Kunduz.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-11-07 08:30 AM | Reply

Hahahaha.... the Afghan Govt provides electricity using American supplied diesel generating units (expensive electricity) and the Taliban collect the bill.

And how long is this going to continue? Until the Afghan Govt can't pay for diesel fuel?

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-11-07 08:32 AM | Reply

"Democracy Brings Peace"

every single DR know-it-all who is right now predicting the future, again

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-11-07 12:34 PM | Reply


#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-11-07 01:12 PM | Reply

The graveyard of empires.

#5 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2018-11-07 04:01 PM | Reply

Wow they are sort of the LDS of the M.E.!!!
People tithe here and write it off...
You have to pay temple dues to belong to a synagogue...

All they really need is for the actual government to give them charitable deduction write offs for it... like they do here.

God squads don't run on cheap bread alone... ya need a slab of pork to make it palatable.

#6 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-11-08 08:42 AM | Reply

but the Bush Crime Syndicate luckily found an early loophole so Poppy's Poppies are exempt!

#7 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2018-11-08 10:34 AM | Reply

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