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Watchdog: U.S. Wasted Up to $62 Million on Afghan Border Security

The Pentagon wasted more than $62 million on procuring, operating, and maintaining inspection equipment intended to prevent illegal cross-border activity known to fuel the Taliban’s pocketbook in Afghanistan, revealed an American watchdog agency.

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Mattis: Trump Afghan Strategy to Combat Opium Trade

U.S. President Donald Trump’s South Asia strategy will focus on fighting the lucrative opium trade that is currently providing more than half of the Taliban’s estimated $400 million in annual funding, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told lawmakers, echoing other American officials.

TOPSHOT - Afghan farmers harvest opium sap from a poppy field in Zari District of Kandahar province on April 12, 2016. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Office …

Trump’s Afghan Speech Ignored Record Opium Profits Funding Taliban

U.S. President Donald Trump, while announcing on Monday his new strategy for dealing with the nearly 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, failed to explicitly address the historic levels of opium production there, a lucrative source of funding for the Taliban, the country’s leading terrorist organization.

Afghanistan, Chaparh?r : An Afghan farmer harvests opium sap from a poppy field in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province on April 19, 2016. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and …

U.S. Revives Anti-Heroin Efforts in Afghanistan: Opium Seizures, Eradication Up

President Donald Trump’s administration has resuscitated the U.S.-backed efforts to combat the deadly opium crop and its heroin derivative in Afghanistan, triggering an increase in interdiction and eradication activity after counternarcotics operations nearly disappeared over the last few years.

A drug smuggler stands handcuffed as a police keep watch after being captured with 63 kilograms of drugs during a police operation in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan, November. 22, 2014Afghan policemen Afghan police seized over 630 kilograms of heroin and arrested one men during an operation. (Photo by Nasrullah Shirzada/NurPhoto) …

Iran Battles Opium Epidemic, Addicts Double in Six Years

According to a new study from Iran’s Drug Control Organization, the number of people regularly consuming drugs has grown from 1.3 million six years ago to at least 2.8 million today. The vast majority of these drug users favor opium, which flows in from Afghanistan.

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Obama Placed U.S. Strategy to Combat Afghan Heroin Production ‘On Hold’

The American government placed a revised version of the U.S. counternarcotics strategy in Afghanistan “on hold for more than two years” while cultivation and production of opium and its deadly heroin derivative has reached historic levels in the war-ravaged nation, reports a watchdog agency.

TOPSHOT - An Afghan security personnel stands guard as others destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Surkh Rod district of eastern Nangarhar province on April 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA (Photo credit should read NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan: Government Confirms Islamic State, Taliban Clashes over Opium

Jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan have attacked Taliban militants in the northern part of the country over the lucrative opium trafficking business, reportedly revealed a spokesman for the governor of Jawzjan province where the clashes took place.

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U.S. to Deploy 300 Marines to Taliban Hotbed to Train Afghan Soldiers

An estimated 300 Marines are reportedly gearing up to deploy to the Taliban stronghold and top opium-producing province of Helmand, Afghanistan, as part of a task force expected to train members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

Troops in Afghanistan. British and American soldiers Corporal Christopher Smith, 29, from Glasgow, 4 Scots (left) and Gunnery Sergeant Victor Lopez, 38, from Los Angeles, US Marine Core (right), mentor Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers from 3 Brigade 209 Kandak on marksmanship skills at ANA Camp Shorabak, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. …

As Afghan Trade Booms, DEA Insists U.S. Heroin Is Mostly Mexican

Only an estimated one percent of the heroin seized by law enforcement in the United States originates from the Southwest Asia region that includes Afghanistan, the top producer of opium and heroin in the world, reports the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in its latest National Drug Threat Assessment.

A firearm and 154 pounds of heroin worth at least $50 million are displayed at a Drug Enforcement Administration news conference, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in New York. The DEA called the heroin seizure its largest ever in New York state. Officials said on Tuesday that most of the drugs …

Opium Harvest More Profitable for Mexican Children than School

A New York Times article reveals that Mexico’s opium harvest is more profitable for Mexican children than a school education would be. America is only just starting to wake up to the scourge of heroin abuse among Midwest middle class youth. The spread of black tar heroin and its rising popularity among a demographic that prefers the heroin high—and lower price tag—to Oxycontin pills is truly horrifying.

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Opium Now Bigger Cash Crop than Marijuana in Mexico

The plants growing along an increasing number of Mexican hillsides reflect trends in illegal drug use here in the United States. While marijuana fields easily outnumbered poppy plantations in prime Mexican growing regions, both government and international-agency statistics show those numbers have reversed as Mexican-origin heroin use in the US has exploded.

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Afghan Opium Production Increases 35-Fold Since U.S. Invasion

Estimated opium production in Afghanistan, an important source of funding for the Taliban, has increased 35-fold since the U.S.-led invasion, from 185 tons in 2001 to 6,400 last year, data maintained by the United Nations shows.

Reuters