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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Afghan opium production explodes despite billions spent, says US report

Report by DC's Afghanistan war watchdog found opium cultivation unaffected by $7.5bn US spent to combat it

Opium cultivation is estimated to be at an all-time high in Afghanistan, despite the US spending $7.5bn to combat it.

A report released Wednesday by Washington’s Afghanistan war watchdog has found that the billions spent by the State and Defense departments on counter-narcotics since 2002 has been for nought. Opium-poppy cultivation takes up 209,000 hectares (516,230 acres) of land in Afghanistan, a 36% increase since 2012.

Drug use inside Afghanistan has spiked, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. About 1.3 million Afghan adults were regular drug users in 2012, up from 1 million in 2009; regular opium users grew to 230,000 in 2009 from 130,000 in 2005. The population of Afghanistan is just under 32 million.

Beyond Afghanistan’s borders, about three-quarters of the world’s illicit opium products originates from the country, which sees its poppy cultivation concentrated almost entirely in the country’s southern and western provinces. Those areas – particularly Helmand and Kandahar provinces – were where the bulk of US and UK forces were deployed during the 2010-12 troop surge.



Anonymous said...

More documentation to show the "War-on-drugs" is NOT working!

Anonymous said...

CIA paid opium warlords to operate against the Taliban. The opium warlords are our allies in Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

They don't want to end the "war on drugs", as they aid it getting into the hands of children. I don't worry about adults doing anything... but their targeting kids, with the heroin.

Anonymous said...

Hamid Karzai's brother was the kingpin before he got killed

Anonymous said...

The Taliban at one time did want to execute all of the opium warlords and eradicate the poppy's. Next thing ya know 9/11 and we invade. Irony

Anonymous said...

Opium and lithium are the only reason we're still there

Anonymous said...

Exactly, 448! Without those, we cannot trade guns and missiles for drugs!
at tax!
Imagine having to buy all this crap over the counter! The sales tax would be astronomical!

I just can't afford all that!