Added: June 27, 2008
The War on Drugs. The War on Terror. Narco-Terrorism. Prior to 9/11, the poppy production levels in Afghanistan were at a low and many of the Taliban were against heroin and the poppies. However, since U.S. forces entered after 9/11, the poppy crop has skyrocketed. The UN has reported that the six-year boom has lead to the Afghan crop being responsible for 92% of the world’s heroin trade. With Homeland Security and the War on Terror, it’s amazing that the drug still gets into the USA, one of it’s strongest marketplaces.
U.N.: Opium Trade Soars in Afghanistan
Afghan opium cultivation grew 17 percent last year, continuing a six-year expansion of the country’s drug trade and increasing its share of global opium production to more than 92 percent, according to the 2008 World Drug Report, released Thursday by the United Nations.
Afghanistan’s emergence as the world’s largest supplier of opium and heroin represents a serious setback [sic] to the U.S. policy [sic] in the region.
The opium trade has soared since the U.S.-led 2001 overthrow of the Taliban, which had eradicated almost all of the country’s opium poppies in 2001.
The proceeds from the illicit trade — which is concentrated in Taliban strongholds — are now helping finance a resurgent Taliban that is battling American troops and their allies.