The US forces overthrew the Taliban in late 2001 ending their 5-year rule in Afghanistan. The insurgent group now controls Afghanistan. So, how rich is the Taliban? Well, you will be shocked to know that the Taliban is one of the world’s richest insurgent groups.
In 2016, Forbes listed Taliban as the 5th richest terrorist organisation.
How many fighters does the Taliban have?
-The group continues to grow in strength.
-According to US, it has around 70,000 to 100,000 fighters.
How much money does Taliban make?
-The Taliban is reportedly operating a financial network.
-As per the United Nations (UN), Taliban’s estimated annual income in 2011 stood at $400 million.
-It rose to $1.5 billion per year in 2018.
-Its annual earnings increased to $1.6 billion in 2020.
What are the major earning sources of Taliban?
-Opium poppy is a medicinal plant.
-But can be processed chemically to turn it into heroin.
-Afghanistan is the largest producer of opium in the world.