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Prensa Latina, August 13, 2012

Afghanistan Stands as a World Leader in Opium

A little more than 10 years after the invasion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Afghanistan is still the main generator of opium with calculations estimated just over 90 percent of world production.

This element, translated into the inner realities of the invaded country, implies a figure close to $ 500 million in the gross domestic product (GDP) a year and that obviously Hamid Karzai's regime does not take into account.

The 'heirs' of Warlords like Dostum Abdul Rashin, Atta Muhammad, Gul Agha Sherzai, Ismail Khan and Harji Bashar are now the controllers of the business in which government figures are included as well as foreign specialists who act as security guards and NATO military.
State officials like Karzai's murdered brother, Ahmed Wali or Izzatullah Wasafi, Head of Anti-Corruption Bureau are examples of link between drug traffickers. Domestic instability and failed and continued military operations from NATO coalition had neither diminished resistance against the occupation nor the increase in opium cultivation.
Prensa Latina, Aug. 13, 2012

These details, supported by the United Nations Organization (UN) and its specialized agencies, also provide that in 14 Afghan provinces had increased its cultivation, especially in Helmand.

The 'heirs' of Warlords like Dostum Abdul Rashin, Atta Muhammad, Gul Agha Sherzai, Ismail Khan and Harji Bashar are now the controllers of the business in which government figures are included as well as foreign specialists who act as security guards and NATO military.

According to data from the UN Office of Drugs and Crime the income per hectare of opium exceeds the $ 3, 500 USD compared to 1, 100 from one of wheat.

A PREVIOUS STORY

Following NATO's invasion in Afghanistan in 2001, the attempts to cause administrative chaos as a way to neutralize insurgency; do not give the expected results nor prevent the spread of corruption.

State officials like Karzai's murdered brother, Ahmed Wali or Izzatullah Wasafi, Head of Anti-Corruption Bureau are examples of link between drug traffickers. Domestic instability and failed and continued military operations from NATO coalition had neither diminished resistance against the occupation nor the increase in opium cultivation.

A Spanish expert on the topic, Iñigo Febrel Belloch argues that 'the struggle against farming and trafficking of drugs cannot be only carried out with military means, but also by all the institutions and internal policies passed...'

The US and its allies from NATO are planning the withdrawal of their troops from Afghanistan in 2014, something yet undefined in time and organization and that, undoubtedly, will help to keep chaos in that nation lacking the most basic social infrastructure.

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