International efforts to monitor flows of cash into Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban are underway as the new Afghan government must search for financial lifelines now that international funds are cut off.

What role trade-based financial crime will play in this current scenario and in Afghanistan’s eventual financial system is not yet known, but trade-based money laundering (TBML) has certainly featured in the past as a component in the machinery that channels proceeds from Afghan opiates around the world.

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