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August 2022
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by Ashley Jackson

When the Taliban dramatically gained control of Afghanistan in August 2021, they used bombs and guns to swiftly overcome state security forces. But they also had another valuable and effective weapon at their disposal: taxes. Long before the withdrawal of US troops, the Taliban had developed a remarkably state-like system of taxing citizens on everyday goods like…

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March 2022
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by Ashley Jackson, Florian Weigand, Max Gallien, Tanya Bandula-Irwin & Vanessa van den Boogaard

“The Taliban tax everything. They get money from the vehicles that cross the district or are going from one district to another. They collect tax on the crops of the farmers,”  – a resident of rural Faryab Province, Afghanistan in February 2019. While we commonly associate taxes with the state, in many parts of the…

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