Treasury sends more staff to Afghanistan

Personnel increase coincides with troop surge as U.S. targets terror financing

Published April 7, 2010 9:45PM (EDT)

The U.S. Treasury Department is sending more staff to Afghanistan to target the financial networks that fund the Taliban.

A Treasury official says the boost in personnel will coincide with the Pentagon's surge in military troops heading to the war over the next several months. Treasury officials will also dedicate more staff in Washington to disrupt Afghan terror financing.

U.S. counterterrorism officials say the Taliban, which is putting up a fierce fight against U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, is still well-funded. The insurgents finance their terror activities through the country's lucrative narcotics trade and donations from supporters in the Gulf who often route the money through Pakistan.

By Lolita C. Baldor

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