The Taliban took Afghanistan in a lightning advance through its capitals, exposing the weakness of the Kabul government and humbling the US and its allies. This week’s withdrawal of western forces is their greatest victory. As they prepare to announce their government, reviving Afghanistan’s shattered economy may be the group’s biggest challenge.
What has happened to the Afghan economy since the Taliban took over?
Amid the country’s worst drought in decades and deteriorating security, Afghanistan’s economy had been struggling for years even before the events of August. The sudden ascent of the Taliban has been the strongest shock yet.
The cost of goods that ordinary people rely on to survive, such as flour, oil and rice, has been rising each day. So has the price of fuel, adding to the pressure on families who rely on driving to get to work.
Queues stretch for hundreds of metres outside banks which – fearing a run on…