NATO confirms Taliban funding intactFebruary 16, 2012
In addition to revealing the depth of Pakistan’s stewardship of the Taliban, the NATO report released to British media last week said that the Taliban’s “strength, motivation, funding and tactical proficiency remain intact.”
Periodically you’ll see comments on other blogs to the effect that the Taliban’s finances are on the decline, but there is no evidence for that. All indications have been that the Taliban’s revenues were as robust as ever in 2011.
Letting the Taliban set up an office of their own in Qatar—a country facing a high risk of money laundering activity—suggests 2012 could be another profitable year for the Taliban.