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Published: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:12:35 -0700

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Afghanistan: Most Of Heroin Consumed In Canada Is Of Afghan Origin

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Asian Pacific Post, 22 Aug 2017 - The Taliban in Afghanistan is now running significant heroin production lines in the war-torn country to provide jihadists and insurgents with billions of dollars, western law enforcement officials And much of that heroin is flowing into Canada.



Afghanistan: Lance With Love: Afghans Revel in Bountiful Opium

Sat, 21 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Star, 21 May 2016 - NAQIL, Afghanistan (AFP) - Lashes swished and whirled through the air in a burst of celebration around a sea of opium poppies, as farmers in a southern Afghan village rejoiced over a bumper harvest with a traditional rope game. Hundreds of farm laborers from across the Pashtun heartland, many of them Taliban, congregated last month in Naqil in Uruzgan province for the most lucrative time of the year - the poppy harvest.



Afghanistan: Bountiful Afghan Opium Harvest Yields Profits for

Wed, 04 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 04 May 2016 - KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - It is spring that determines how a year turns out, according to an Afghan proverb. And if the Helmand poppy fields this spring are any indication, the Taliban will have a very good year. As the opium harvest winds down across Helmand Province, Afghanistan's largest in territory and poppy cultivation, farmers and officials are reporting high yields. The skies were generous with heavy rainfall, and the Afghan government with its cancellation of annual eradication campaigns. It had lost much of the territory in Helmand to the Taliban anyway.



Afghanistan: Violence and Corruption in the World's Heroin

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 07 Apr 2016 - LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Afghans have an expression: "Well, whatever has happened, we are still skinny." In other words, they have not gotten rich yet, try as they might. It is an expression heard often here in Helmand Province, the southwestern region that is the world capital of opium and heroin production. Afghanistan accounts for 90 percent of the world's heroin; more than two-thirds of that comes from Helmand's opium poppies, according to United Nations figures.



Afghanistan: Penetrating Every Stage of Afghan Opium Chain

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 17 Feb 2016 - ZARANJ, Afghanistan - Shortly after sunrise, an Afghan special operations helicopter descended on two vehicles racing through the empty deserts of southern Afghanistan, traversing what has become a superhighway for smugglers and insurgents. Intelligence showed that the men were transporting a huge cache of drugs and weapons from Helmand Province to Nimruz Province, a hub for all things illegal and a way station on the global opium trail. Hovering above, the troops fired tracer rounds into the sandy earth beside the vehicles, which skidded to a stop.



Afghanistan: Tasked With Combating Opium, Afghan Officials

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 16 Feb 2016 - GARMSIR, Afghanistan - The United States spent more than $7 billion in the past 14 years to fight the runaway poppy production that has made Afghan opium the world's biggest brand. Tens of billions more went to governance programs to stem corruption and train a credible police force. Countless more dollars and thousands of lives were lost on the main thrust of the war: to put the Afghan government in charge of district centers and to instill rule of law. But here in one of the few corners of Helmand Province that is peaceful and in firm government control, the green stalks and swollen bulbs of opium were growing thick and high within eyeshot of official buildings during the past poppy season - signs of a local narco-state administered directly by government officials.



Afghanistan: Tasked With Combating Opium, Afghan Officials

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 16 Feb 2016 - GARMSIR, Afghanistan - The United States spent more than $7 billion in the past 14 years to fight the runaway poppy production that has made Afghan opium the world's biggest brand. Tens of billions more went to governance programs to stem corruption and train a credible police force. Countless more dollars and thousands of lives were lost on the main thrust of the war: to put the Afghan government in charge of district centers and to instill rule of law.



Afghanistan: Afghan Opium Production Rises To Record Levels

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 13 Nov 2014 - KABUL - Afghan opium cultivation and production again reached historic highs in 2014, UN officials reported Wednesday. And in a sign of how deeply entwined drug trafficking and the Afghan political system have become, the officials said protracted elections this year were at least part of the cause. "With the presidential election ongoing there was a huge demand of funding," said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, a senior official with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. "And that funding is not available in the licit economy, and that money has to come from somewhere, so they turned to the illicit economy."



Afghanistan: Afghan Opium Cultivation Rises to Record Levels

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 13 Nov 2014 - KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan opium cultivation again rose to historic levels in 2014, United Nations officials reported on Wednesday. And in a sign of how deeply entwined drug trafficking and the Afghan political system have become, the officials said the protracted elections this year were at least part of the cause. "With the presidential election ongoing, there was a huge demand of funding," said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, a senior official with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. "And that funding is not available in the licit economy, and that money has to come from somewhere, so they turned to the illicit economy."