Angering the US military and, by default, the US government, may be the aim of certain Middle Eastern organisations. It should not be the corporate goal of a company the size of MTN.

But this is essentially what a lawsuit, brought by families of US service personnel and contractors killed in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2017, portrays the company as having done — funding the Taliban through the payment of "protection money" that, in turn, was used to finance an Al-Qaeda-sponsored insurgency that led to the deaths of more than 100 US citizens.

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