Mysterious gold exodus

 

An Afghan Mystery: Why Are Large Shipments of Gold Leaving the Country?

(Zalmai for The New York Times)

A Kabul jewelry shop. Officials are concerned about gold being flown out of Afghanistan.

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Published NYT: December 15, 2012

 
KABUL, Afghanistan — Packed into hand luggage and tucked into jacket pockets, roughly hewed bars of gold are being flown out of Kabul with increasing regularity, confounding Afghan and American officials who fear money launderers have found a new way to spirit funds from the country.

Most of the gold is being carried on commercial flights destined for Dubai, according to airport security reports and officials. The amounts carried by single couriers are often heavy enough that passengers flying from Kabul to the Persian Gulf emirate would be well advised to heed warnings about the danger of bags falling from overhead compartments. One courier, for instance, carried nearly 60 pounds of gold bars, each about the size of an iPhone, aboard an early morning flight in mid-October, according to an airport security report. The load was worth more than $1.5 million.

The gold is fully declared and legal to fly. Some, if not most, is legitimately being sent by gold dealers seeking to have old and damaged jewelry refashioned into new pieces by skilled craftsmen in the Persian Gulf, said Afghan officials and gold dealers

But gold dealers in Kabul and current and former Kabul airport officials say there has been a surge in shipments since early summer. The talk of a growing exodus of gold from Afghanistan has been spreading among the business community here, and in recent weeks has caught the attention of Afghan and American officials. The officials are now puzzling over the origin of the gold — very little is mined in Afghanistan, although larger mines are planned — and why so much appears to be heading for Dubai. […/]

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/world/asia/as-gold-is-spirited-out-of-afghanistan-officials-wonder-why.html

10 comments on “Mysterious gold exodus

  1. Davetherave says:

    Bull, what’s the best way to hide how those Afghananese make their money from their number one crop?? They sell a boat load of it right here in the states, but it has to be covered up somehow. Think Barry is helping out by working on his pension?? Is not Dubai one of our best allies? Doesn’t Dubai let us keep a military force there and come and go as we please? Would the Sumbitch cut his own throat, while destroying our country? Need I really ask more questions??? Prosecution rest….

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    • bullright says:

      Dave, LOL the prosecution rests. LMAO. Could very well be, like what isn’t tied to their number one export? I don’t think it should take Perry Mason to figure it out for this administration. Large quanities of gold are leaving one muzzy country going to another. How hard can it be?

      Could Karzai be laundering, er stealing, US money too somehow? Just days ago he was blaming foreigners for the corruption saying it was being “imposed” on them. Sounds like he’s preparing excuses for some reason.

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      • Davetherave says:

        Bull…LMAO…Kenmore doesn’t make enough washing machines to laundry all the money coming out of Afghanacaine, soooo in steps Obastid with our money! Dubai is sick and tired of being 10th among the richest nations, so they’re doing everything they can to take over Qatar as #1. At the rate Karzai and the sumbitch are working together; I expect Dubai to get within the to five with four years. If our self proclaimed Kenyan King decides to stay in the White Mosque longer than four years, then Dubai will end up number one. Of course then the second richest “nation” will be the illegitimate, half breed, sumbitch Obama…

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  2. clyde says:

    Not much doubt about who is making gain off that. And it AIN’T the Afghanis. Bull,a Merry Christmas to you and all who trod here. May your stockings be filled with 100-round magazines,and a new “assault rifle” under the tree. For the libs,a big,smelly pile of hope and change,and an ENORMOUS tax bill.

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    • bullright says:

      Clyde I diddo that right backatcha. Ho Ho Ho. LOL Merry Christmas to you and your family too. Hey, they’ll be a lot of target practicing thru New Years.

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    • Davetherave says:

      clyde,

      ROTFLMFAO!!! I do so miss hearing from you more! “trod here”…LMAO! I pray you and Mrs. clyde have a very safe and Merry Christmas! I assume you’ve already snow birded down to FL and you’re brushing up on your Latino lingo. Felix Navidavis or whatever in the hell they say down there…

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  3. drrik says:

    The wealthy lib-progs in this country are doing the same thing.

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