The US Treasury issued a special license to continue to allow the provision of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan by both the US and its partners.
Such a license was necessary to clarify that, despite US sanctions on the Taliban as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, the US and related entities may legally provide humanitarian support. The assistance includes the provision of food and medicine, which is targeted at helping the people of Afghanistan. Assistance is not being provided to Taliban authorities.
The license will expire on March 1, 2022, and is intended to prevent a worsening humanitarian crisis. The UN estimated that approximately half of the population of Afghanistan requires assistance, and half of the children under five years of age are acutely malnourished. A State Department spokesperson said that the US will continue to be a "very generous" provider of humanitarian support to the Afghan people.