U.S., Afghanistan plan to screen cash at Kabul airport to prevent corruption

August 20th, 2010

The Washington Post

By Greg Miller and Joshua Partlow

Alarmed by an exodus of money from Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan authorities are trying to constrict a flow of cash through the country’s main airport, believed to be a major conduit for drug proceeds and diverted foreign aid.

The plan, part of an effort to monitor an outflow of money thought to exceed $1 billion a year, centers on the installation of U.S.-developed currency counters at the Kabul airport. The devices would be used to record serial numbers on bills to determine whether money being carried out of the country has been siphoned from aid funds flowing in, U.S. and Afghan officials said.

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