KABUL – Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan turns out to be a pretty penny to earn from the export of illegally mined talc. The warriors send loads full indirectly to the US and Europe and earn there are tons, concludes the organization Global Witness.
Figures from the Afghan ministry of Mining shows that in the twelve months to march, approximately 500,000 tonnes of talc from Afghanistan were exported. The most went to Pakistan and then from there in the west came out of it. “Unwitting American and European consumers help extremist group in Afghanistan to fund,” said Global Witness.
The fighters of IS are not the only extremists that illegal mining have been discovered as a dairy cow. An important source for the Taliban in Afghanistan has been for years the illegal mining of precious stones such as lapis lazuli, once a very expensive colour for painters.