EXCLUSIVE — Several Republican senators on Wednesday were preparing to introduce a bill to impose tough new sanctions on the Taliban for human rights abuses in Afghanistan, nearly two years after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from that country.
The bill requires the president to sanction the Taliban for its terrorist activity, drug trafficking and human rights abuses, including abuses against women. It would block and prohibit all transactions in property held by the Taliban, as well as invalidate all visas or other documentation permitting an entry to the U.S.
The legislation, titled the Taliban Sanctions Act, will be introduced by Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, along with eighteen GOP Senators. (Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
The legislation, titled the Taliban Sanctions Act, will be introduced by Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, along with eighteen GOP senators. Risch said Congress must act swiftly to pass the bill as the Taliban influence grows without a strong U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
The bill lists several demands the Taliban must reach to avoid further sanctions. (Mohsen Karimi/AFP via Getty Images)
The bill lists several demands the Taliban must meet to avoid further sanctions. This includes separating ties from all terrorist groups, granting humanitarian groups full access to its territory to provide for vulnerable residents, allowing residents to leave its territory, and a recognition of human rights, women rights, and freedom of the press.
The Taliban celebrate their first anniversary of retaking Afghanistan after the U.S. troops withdrew. (Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)
The Taliban retook control of Afghanistan in 2021 after the U.S. removed all troops from the region. This resurgence of power over the region came two decades after the Taliban collapsed when the U.S. took over Kabul.