Taliban sells 130,000 tons of crude oil from Amu River

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban has sold 130,000 tons of crude oil extracted from the Amu River in the past 10 days, according to state media operated by the group.

RTA, the Taliban-controlled national broadcaster, reported that the crude oil was sold for $71.6 million to a domestic trader for processing. The report also indicated that an additional 20,000 tons of crude oil are expected to be sold through a free bidding process.

This development comes amid widespread economic hardship in Afghanistan, with many citizens voicing their frustration over the lack of job opportunities.

Despite holding high educational qualifications, many Afghans say they are being overlooked for employment, claiming that Taliban officials are favoring their own relatives for government positions.