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The luxurious refuges abroad of former Afghan leaders

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In the years leading up to the end of the war, senior Afghan officials and their families spent millions of dollars on real estate in the United States and other countries: these investments became luxurious refuges when fleeing the paroxysm of violence in Afghanistan.

According to the survey of Wall Street Journal, who consulted public records and other documents, but also conducted interviews, Former senior officials of Ashraf Ghani’s government, elected in 2014, now live in sprawling properties along the California coast. Small groups of former senior civil servants and deputies are also settled in large European cities, in the United Arab Emirates and in Turkey, according to the documents consulted.

the wall street journal sought to determine the whereabouts of dozens of people in Ashraf Ghani’s inner circle, including ministers, influential figures and key lawmakers versed in security and foreign policy issues. Most of them are overseas, often in countries where free access to real estate and business documents is difficult.

Their living conditions are the opposite of those of the tens of thousands of Afghans who struggle to pay their rent in the United States or who are scattered around the world in refugee camps and overcrowded housing.

Fear of retaliation

Former senior officials had foreign passports and assets, which made it easier for them to move to residences outside Afghanistan, and others invested in new assets and resettled their families abroad when the Taliban took over. started to gain ground, until recapturing Kabul in August 2021 [à la suite du retrait américain]. Many of the former members of the Afghan administration explain that they left because they feared reprisals from the Taliban. The few senior officials who remained, including former President Hamid Karzai, however, were not bothered.

Ashraf Ghani is accused by US MPs of taking public money when he fled the presidential palace on a Sunday morning in mid-August, allowing the Taliban to take Kabul without fighting. The former president has refuted these accusations.

“Reports suggest that President Ghani looted so much money during his hasty departure from Afghanistan that not everything fit in his helicopter and he had to leave some on the tarmac,” wrote two US Republican elected officials, James Comer and Glenn Grothman, demanding answers in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken in 2021.

The Inspector General for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan [Sigar, un organisme américain] examines current

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The Wall Street Journal (New York)

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Awarded 37 Pulitzer Prizes, Tea WSJ is especially appreciated for its analyzes of the financial markets and its monitoring of management and business trends. Since its takeover in July 2007 by News Corp. of Rupert Murdoch, the daily has however evolved towards a more general formula. The goal: to compete with The New York Times. From now on, more space is given to international news and politics. Sport and culture are also gaining momentum. Finally, a luxurious supplement on the art of living, called WSJ Magazine, was born in September 2008. It accompanies the weekend edition 11 times a year.
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