Ex-Afghan president likely did not flee Afghanistan with millions, report finds

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Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his elder advisers apt fled Afghanistan without millions that went missing during the Taliban takeover, contrary to rumors, an oversight study has found. Since the government's records are present controlled by the Taliban, it mightiness beryllium hard to find the definitive culprit. 

The interim study released by the peculiar Inspector wide for Afghanistan reconstruction concluded that during the illness of the authorities past summer,  Ghani and his advisers may  person taken person to $500,000 arsenic they near the state by helicopter, but the magnitude did not transcend $1 million, the study found. 

This is acold little than the $5 cardinal that disappeared from the statesmanlike palace and the estimated tens of millions that went missing from the National Directorate of Security vault during the chaos of the Taliban takeover. 

The findings are successful an interim study connected the theft of funds from Afghanistan, and a last study is expected aft the inspector wide conducts much interviews. However, the interim study stated it would beryllium hard to find who stole the millions since the government's records and information surveillance are present successful the hands of the Taliban.  

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After much than 30 interviews with erstwhile Afghan officials, the inspector wide ruled retired successful the interim study Ghani arsenic the culprit, since helium and his advisers were focused connected evacuating rapidly — and with much radical than the helicopters were intended to carry. 

The Russian Embassy successful Kabul accused Ghani and his advisor of  taking $169 cardinal with them erstwhile they flew from Afghanistan. The inspector wide recovered this  was unlikely, owed to the abstraction and value the currency would occupy. 

The study assessed that $169 cardinal successful 100 dollar bills stacked extremity to extremity "would beryllium somewhat larger than a modular American 3 seater couch," and would measurement astir 2 tons.  

The statesmanlike helicopters were excessively overloaded with passengers and substance to person made country for further cargo, particularly cargo weighing 2 tons, according to the interim report. 

As the Taliban rapidly closed successful connected Kabul, Ghani's squad focused connected escaping with their lives. 

The determination to fly was truthful abrupt that Ghani was barefoot, requiring an authoritative to look for his shoes, and Ghani didn't adjacent person clip to find his passport earlier evacuating.  

Ghani had arranged for his wife, erstwhile archetypal woman Rula Ghani, to fly the state with elder officials, but arsenic the information squad was making arrangements, the concern for the president deteriorated. The caput of the statesmanlike information squad warned the nationalist information advisor that if the helicopters near Ghani behind, "the president would beryllium killed," according to the interim report. 

On Saturday, Aug. 14, Ghani delivered a video code from the statesmanlike palace expressing his content that the Taliban beforehand could beryllium stopped, but by the extremity of the adjacent day, helium had fled, and videos of the Taliban wrong the statesmanlike palace were broadcast widely. 

Ghani's Facebook shared a post Aug. 15, 2021, aft helium had already fled, that said successful part, "Taliban had made it wide that they are acceptable to onslaught Kabul and the radical of Kabul to region me. To debar a flood of bloodshed, I decided champion to get out. Taliban won the judgement of sword and weapon and present they are liable for protecting the honor, wealthiness and self." 

Eleanor Watson

CBS News newsman covering the Pentagon.

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