US, Afghanistan plan to screen cash at Kabul airport to prevent corruption

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.
Authorities also said they intend to eliminate an arrangement that has allowed top government officials and other well-connected Afghans to board planes — even while carrying suitcases packed with cash — without declaring the transfers or being searched.
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