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Did US Government Steal 7 Billion Dollars From Afghanistan?!

Did US Government Steal 7 Billion Dollars From Afghanistan?!

Did the US government just steal 7 BILLION DOLLARS from the poor people in Afghanistan?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : US Government Just Stole 7 Billion Dollars From Afghanistan!

Pro-China groups and supporters are actively claiming that the US government stole 7 billion dollars from the poor people in Afghanistan, even while China donates food to them.

Here are a few example posts on social media.

闭上臭嘴。中国给阿富汗捐赠了免费的粮食五次,美国没收了阿富汗70亿美元。
Shut up stupid. China has donated free food to Afghanistan five times, and the United States has confiscated $7 billion from Afghanistan

The US government invaded Afghanistan in the form of washing powder for ten years! After the United States robbed oil gold, it quietly left! Left homeless children and women! The United States still deducted $7 billion from Afghanistan‘s reserves! American government robbers!

2001年美国打着反恐名义侵略阿富汗,2021年撤离阿富汗 掠夺阿富汗人民70亿美元血汗钱
In 2001, the US invaded Afghanistan in the name of counter-terrorism, and in 2021, it will withdraw from the country, plundering the Afghan people’s hard-earned money worth us $7 billion
臭不要脸 Shameless

China Denounces US as ‘Bandits’ for Seizing $7 Billion as Afghans Starve “Global outrage has continued to grow since the Biden administration stole Afghanistan‘s foreign reserves with nearly 23 million Afghans facing acute hunger.”

 

Truth : US Government Did Not Steal 7 Billion Dollars From Afghanistan!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and/or propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : US Froze 7 Billion Dollars Worth Of Afghan Central Bank Assets

First, let us get this right – the US government did not steal US$7 billion from Afghanistan.

This false claim is based on an executive order by the Biden Administration to freeze approximately US$7 billion worth of US-based assets owned by Afghanistan’s central bank – Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB).

As part of our ongoing work to address the humanitarian and economic crisis in Afghanistan, President Biden signed an Executive Order (E.O.) to help enable certain U.S.-based assets belonging to Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (“DAB”), to be used to benefit the Afghan people.

The E.O. will block property of DAB held in the United States by U.S. financial institutions and require U.S. financial institutions to transfer this property into a consolidated account held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Fact #2 : US Did Not Take / Use The 7 Billion Dollars

The US Feds are holding onto those assets, so they are not actually being taken or used by the US government.

  • US$3.5 billion will be allocated for “the benefit of the Afghan people”.
  • Another US$3.5 billion will be held, as they are subject to “ongoing litigation by US victims of terrorism”.

In essence, the Biden Administration is blocking the Taliban government from using the assets to purchase what they don’t believe would be in “the benefit of the Afghan people”. Chief on their mind would be weapons, and financing of terrorist activities.

One may argue that the Taliban is the Afghan government of the day – as reprehensible as they may be, and therefore have the right to access all of that money.

That may well be true, but it does not mean that the US government stole the money. After all, they did not take or use it for their own purposes.

Fact #3 : US Contributed $130 Billion To Afghanistan

Since their 2001 invasion toppled the Taliban government, the US government has massively funded the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.

They spent at least $130 billion in funds for security, governance, development and humanitarian needs in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government was also highly dependent on aid, which contributed 40% of its GDP, and 75% of its public expenditure. Most of it came from the US government.

No doubt the US government felt that it at least has the right to dictate what the 7 billion dollars should be used for.

Fact #4 : US Continues To Contribute To Afghanistan

What most people are not aware is the US government has contributed, and continues to contribute, hundreds of millions of dollars to Afghanistan since the Taliban regained power.

On October 28, 2021, the US government announced more than $144 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

Today, the United States announced more than $144 million in humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

This funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State brought total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly $474 million in 2021 alone.

Then the US government announced more than $308 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan on January 11, 2022.

The new contribution from the United States will provide life-saving aid for the most vulnerable, to include women, girls, minority populations, and people with disabilities.

This assistance includes food and nutrition assistance; support for health care facilities and mobile health teams; winterization programs—including the provision of emergency cash grants, shelter kits, heaters, blankets, and warm clothing; and logistics and transportation support to ensure that aid workers and critical relief supplies can make it to the hardest to reach areas.

Fact #5 : Chinese Contribution To Afghanistan Is Paltry

China announced humanitarian aid worth 200 million yuan in September 2021.

While that sounds impressive, it is a paltry $31.4 million – just 4% of what the US has (so far) contributed in 2021 and 2022.

In fact, China is contributing far less than Japan, which has far less economic and geopolitical interest in Afghanistan. Even Sweden has pledged to donate almost twice as much as China.

As this table shows, the truth is quite different from what Chinese propaganda want you to believe.

Country Aid Pledged
To Afghanistan
United States $421 million
European Union $277 million
Germany $182 million
United Kingdom $113 million
France $80 million
Denmark $74 million
Japan $60 million
Sweden $53 million
China $31.4 million
Netherlands $30 million
Canada $27 million

Fact #6 : China Seem More Interested In Publicity

Even though the Chinese pledged the aid in September 2021, they only managed to deliver five shipments of food, medical and humanitarian aid, up until 9 April 2022.

What you will notice though is that each delivery is accompanied by its own distribution ceremony for photo opportunities, and coverage in Chinese media outlets like CGTN, Xinhua, Global Times, etc.

From their constant publicity, you would think that the Chinese alone are supporting the entire Afghanistan on their mighty shoulders.

The truth is – China has always been miserly in its humanitarian aid, and the Chinese know it.

That’s why they often hype up their contribution, even shamelessly hyping up the sale of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines as a contribution to the world.

By casting aspersions on the United States, they deflect criticism for their lack of support of the Afghan people.

Read more : Did China provide 2 billion vaccine doses to the world?

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Was This Weeping Ukrainian Dad Going To Fight Russians?

A video of Ukrainian dad weeping and saying goodbye to his wife and daughter has gone viral on social media.

Take a look at the video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : This Weeping Ukrainian Dad Is Going To Fight Russians!

One of the most heart-wrenching videos to come out of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a video of a Ukrainian father weeping as he bid farewell to his wife and daughter.

It was shared by many media outlets as an example of Ukrainian fathers being forced to stay and fight against the Russians, while their families evacuate.

At that time, over 100,000 people fled Ukraine as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree ordering a general mobilisation against the Russian invasion.

 

Truth : Ukrainian Dad Was Not Going To Fight Russians!

Unfortunately, this heart-wrenching video was not of a Ukrainian dad staying to fight the Russians, and here is what we know so far…

Fact #1 : Video Was Originally Posted As Propaganda

As far as I can ascertain, the video was originally posted by the mayor of Gorlovka (Horlivka to Ukrainians), Ivan Prikhodko, as pro-Russian propaganda before it was ironically used by Ukrainian supporters.

He posted the video on VK (VKontakte), the Russian social media platform, on Monday, 21 February 2022, with this message :

Residents of Gorlovka are evacuated daily to Russia, fleeing Ukrainian aggression. Today we have witnessed the touching farewell of the head of the family to his wife and daughter, whom he saw off to Russia. The man remained in his city to defend the Donetsk Republic from the Armed Forces of Ukraine with weapons in his hands, with tears in his eyes.

Fact #2 : Video Was Taken In Donetsk, Not Kyiv

According to Prikhodko’s original VK post, the video was taken in the city of Gorlovka, not Kyiv (Kiev) – the capital of Ukraine.

Gorlovka, which is known as Horlivka to Ukrainians, is a major city in the Donetsk People’s Republic – a breakaway region of Ukraine currently under (indirect) Russian control.

Credit : Aleksey Filippov, AFP/Getty

Fact #3 : Man Was Allegedly Staying To Defend Donetsk

Prikhodko claimed that the man was staying to “defend the Donetsk Republic from the Armed Forces of Ukraine“.

It is unknown if this was a genuine video, or misappropriated for propaganda, since the Ukrainian Armed Forces was in no position to attack the Donetsk Republic. If they had the means, it would have happened during the last 8 years of the conflict.

It is also absurd to claim that the man wanted to defend Donetsk from the Ukrainians, when the Russians are the ones attacking Ukraine from the Donetsk Republic.

I should also point out that the Russians military forces had already entered Donetsk that very same day, and there was no mobilisation of men in the Donetsk Republic…

Fact #4 : His Wife + Daughter Were Evacuating To Russia

According to Prikhodko, the man’s wife and daughter were being evacuated to Russia. These evacuations actually started on 18 February 2022 – six days before Russia declared war on Ukraine.

That suggests that Russian President Vladimir Putin had already made the decision by then to attack Ukraine.

Read more : Did NATO Promise Russia Not To Expand A Single Inch East?

Fact #5 : Zelenskyy Ordered General Mobilisation At That Time

For certain, media outlets did not do an adequate job of confirming that this video was unrelated to the many similar videos and photos circulating on the Internet.

But we must also acknowledge that the video went viral when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the mobilisation decree, which forbade men 18-60 years in age from leaving the country, while calling up all conscripts and reservists.

There are many videos and photos of Ukrainian men saying goodbye to their families who were evacuating cities across Ukraine. So it’s easy to see why this one slipped through.

 

Ukrainian Dad Video Faux Pas In A Sea Of Russian Misinformation

The Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered an onslaught of fake news and videos online, together with thousands of actual shells, rockets and missiles on Ukrainians.

That made it very difficult, if not impossible, for anyone to fact check every single video or claim that comes our way. More so when Internet connectivity in Ukraine has been greatly disrupted by the Russian invasion.

Chinese state media Global Times was quick to criticise Western media outlets for using this video to push a “doctored narrative“, and point out that none of them have “apologised for their mistake“.

The truth is – this video faux pas was a mistake, not an intentionally crafted piece of propaganda to mislead people.

It was also a rare mistake in an ocean of Russian and Chinese misinformation. The vast majority of fake news that I encountered pre-Ukraine invasion were Chinese in origin. And now, the Russians are stepping up.

Did Chinese state media like Global Times and CGTN apologies for the many “mistakes” they made? They would do well to look in the mirror before throwing stones.

Read more : Chinese Media Accidentally Leaks Ukraine Censorship Order!

 

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