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Special Report: Stalking the Taliban in Afghan currency markets

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AHMAD NADEEM

Afghan dealers wait for customers at a money market in Kandahar province, November 11, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem

Afghan dealers wait for customers at a money market in Kandahar province, November 11, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem
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PARWIZ

Afghan farmers work at a poppy field in Jalalabad province in this May 5, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Parwiz/Files

Afghan farmers work at a poppy field in Jalalabad province in this May 5, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Parwiz/Files
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GORAN TOMASEVIC

Afghan border policemen escort a detained suspected Taliban fighter near Walli Was in Paktika province near the border with Pakistan in this November 5, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. T REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

Afghan border policemen escort a detained suspected Taliban fighter near Walli Was in Paktika province near the border with Pakistan in this November 5, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. T REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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DANISH SIDDIQUI

A U.S. Army soldier of 3/1 AD Task Force Bulldog fires a M2 .50 cal at a Taliban position from the rooftop of a building at Combat Outpost (COP) Boston in Kherwar district in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan, in this May 21, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

A U.S. Army soldier of 3/1 AD Task Force Bulldog fires a M2 .50 cal at a Taliban position from the rooftop of a building at Combat Outpost (COP) Boston in Kherwar district in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan, in this May 21, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
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GORAN TOMASEVIC

U.S soldiers blow up a roadside bomb set up by Taliban fighters near the town of Walli Was in Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan, in this November 4, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

U.S soldiers blow up a roadside bomb set up by Taliban fighters near the town of Walli Was in Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan, in this November 4, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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SHAMIL ZHUMATOV

A boy plays on a street as U.S. Army soldiers of the Battle company, 1-508 Parachute Infantry battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, patrol during a mission in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this May 30, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war....more

A boy plays on a street as U.S. Army soldiers of the Battle company, 1-508 Parachute Infantry battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, patrol during a mission in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this May 30, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/Files
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BAZ RATNER

Canadian soldiers walk toward a Canadian air force C-17 aircraft as they prepare to leave Afghanistan at Kandahar Air Field, in this June 30, 2011 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/Files

Canadian soldiers walk toward a Canadian air force C-17 aircraft as they prepare to leave Afghanistan at Kandahar Air Field, in this June 30, 2011 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/Files
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GORAN TOMASEVIC

An Afghan border policeman feeds a detained suspected Taliban member near Walli Was in Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan in this November 5, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

An Afghan border policeman feeds a detained suspected Taliban member near Walli Was in Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan in this November 5, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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Photographer
AHMAD NADEEM

Afghan dealers exchange currency at a money market in Kandahar province, November 11, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem

Afghan dealers exchange currency at a money market in Kandahar province, November 11, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem
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ATHAR HUSSAIN

Fuel tankers, which were used to carry fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, are parked at a compound in Karachi in this May 15, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Athar Hussain/Files

Fuel tankers, which were used to carry fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, are parked at a compound in Karachi in this May 15, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Athar Hussain/Files
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BAZ RATNER

Afghan girls stand at a door way as an Afghan army soldier keeps watch from the roof during a joint mission with U.S. army soldiers from Charlie troop, 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 4th brigade 82nd Airborne division in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this April 7, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014,...more

Afghan girls stand at a door way as an Afghan army soldier keeps watch from the roof during a joint mission with U.S. army soldiers from Charlie troop, 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 4th brigade 82nd Airborne division in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this April 7, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/Files
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BAZ RATNER

A U.S. Army Officer from 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne walks through a poppy field while on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this April 26, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/Files

A U.S. Army Officer from 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne walks through a poppy field while on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this April 26, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/Files
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ATHAR HUSSAIN

Drivers, some of whom were carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, sleep on top of their trucks at a fuel terminal in Karachi in this November 26, 2011 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Athar Hussain/Files

Drivers, some of whom were carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, sleep on top of their trucks at a fuel terminal in Karachi in this November 26, 2011 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Athar Hussain/Files
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AHMAD NADEEM

An Afghan dealer waits for customers at a money market in Kandahar province, November 11, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem

An Afghan dealer waits for customers at a money market in Kandahar province, November 11, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Ahmad Nadeem
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AHMAD NADEEM

Hahi Agha Jan, an Afghan businessman, talks on his cell phone at a money exchange market during an interview in Kandahar province, November 11, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem

Hahi Agha Jan, an Afghan businessman, talks on his cell phone at a money exchange market during an interview in Kandahar province, November 11, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem
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AHMAD NADEEM

Hahi Qandi Agha, head of the money exchange market, speaks during an interview in Kandahar province, November 27, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war.

Hahi Qandi Agha, head of the money exchange market, speaks during an interview in Kandahar province, November 27, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war.
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FAISAL MAHMOOD

A currency exchange trader counts money in his office in Islamabad November 26, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A currency exchange trader counts money in his office in Islamabad November 26, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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FAISAL MAHMOOD

A man enters a currency exchange office in Islamabad November 26, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A man enters a currency exchange office in Islamabad November 26, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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FAISAL MAHMOOD

A man is seen at a currency exchange office in Islamabad November 26, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A man is seen at a currency exchange office in Islamabad November 26, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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AHMAD NADEEM

A general view of Kandahar city, December 2, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem

A general view of Kandahar city, December 2, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem
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AHMAD NADEEM

An Afghan vendor deals with customers at a local market in Kandahar Province December 2, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem

An Afghan vendor deals with customers at a local market in Kandahar Province December 2, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem
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AHMAD NADEEM

A general view of an affluent residential area is pictured in Aino Mina in Kandahar Province December 3, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem

A general view of an affluent residential area is pictured in Aino Mina in Kandahar Province December 3, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem
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AHMAD NADEEM

A general view of an affluent residential area is pictured in Aino Mina in Kandahar Province December 3, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem

A general view of an affluent residential area is pictured in Aino Mina in Kandahar Province December 3, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Ahmad Nadeem
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MOHAMMAD ISMAIL

Afghan men walk in front of Afghanistan's Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) building in Kabul December 3, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Mohammad Ismail

Afghan men walk in front of Afghanistan's Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) building in Kabul December 3, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Mohammad Ismail
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MOHAMMAD ISMAIL

Afghan men ride on a bicycle as they pass by the sign of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in Kabul December 3, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Mohammad Ismail

Afghan men ride on a bicycle as they pass by the sign of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in Kabul December 3, 2012. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/ Mohammad Ismail
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Photographer
FINBARR O'REILLY

An Afghan boy pushes a wheelbarrow of water containers through the main market in the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii town, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, in this October 16, 2007 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly/Files

An Afghan boy pushes a wheelbarrow of water containers through the main market in the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii town, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, in this October 16, 2007 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly/Files
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NIKOLA SOLIC

A U.S. contractor's MI-8 helicopter carries supplies to Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar in this May 27, 2010 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Nikola Solic/Files

A U.S. contractor's MI-8 helicopter carries supplies to Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar in this May 27, 2010 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Nikola Solic/Files
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ATHAR HUSSAIN

A man walks across the tops of fuel tankers, which were used to carry fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, parked at a compound in Karachi in this July 3, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Athar Hussain/Files

A man walks across the tops of fuel tankers, which were used to carry fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, parked at a compound in Karachi in this July 3, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Athar Hussain/Files
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Photographer
ERIK DE CASTRO

U.S. army soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, take up position during a joint U.S.-Afghan military clearing operations in Nagahan district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this October 17, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/Files

U.S. army soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, take up position during a joint U.S.-Afghan military clearing operations in Nagahan district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this October 17, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/Files
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ERIK DE CASTRO

An Afghan local police (ALP) looks at U.S. Army soldiers of "Attack" Co, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment taking a brief rest in the ALP camp during a patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this October 25, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Erik De...more

An Afghan local police (ALP) looks at U.S. Army soldiers of "Attack" Co, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment taking a brief rest in the ALP camp during a patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan in this October 25, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/Files
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SHAMIL ZHUMATOV

An Afghan truck is driven past U.S. Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicles of 508th Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, at an Afghan Police checkpoint on the Highway One, the main Afghan road around the country, outside the town of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan in this March 25, 2010 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most...more

An Afghan truck is driven past U.S. Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicles of 508th Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, at an Afghan Police checkpoint on the Highway One, the main Afghan road around the country, outside the town of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan in this March 25, 2010 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/Files
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GORAN TOMASEVIC

U.S. soldiers observe the area as they expect a Taliban attack near the town of Walli Was in Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan in this November 3, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

U.S. soldiers observe the area as they expect a Taliban attack near the town of Walli Was in Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan in this November 3, 2012 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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GORAN TOMASEVIC

U.S. Marines patrol a village in front of a poppy field in the Golestan district of Farah province, in this April 30, 2009 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

U.S. Marines patrol a village in front of a poppy field in the Golestan district of Farah province, in this April 30, 2009 file photo. Washington this year has started attacking the Taliban's funding channels ahead of withdrawing most of its forces by 2014, ending the country's longest war. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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