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  • May 31, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Insecurity, fraud undermine upcoming Afghan elections
    Deutsche Welle: Afghanistan’s parliamentary and district council elections are scheduled for October 20 of this year, but attacks by militant Islamists have already raised concerns whether the elections will be held on time. Taliban and “Islamic State” (IS) continue to target voter registration centers in different parts of the strife-torn country. An IS-claimed attack at a voters’ office in Kabul last month killed 57 people, including women and children, underlining the fact that the participation in the election process comes with a huge risk for the Afghan people.      Full news...


  • May 4, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The U.S. Quietly Released Afghanistan’s “Biggest Drug Kingpin” From Prison. Did He Cut a Deal?
    The Intercept: In October 2008, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration heralded the arrest of Haji Juma Khan on narcotics and terror charges. His capture, they said, dealt a punishing blow to the Taliban and the symbiotic relationship between the insurgent group and Afghan drug traffickers. Yet, unbeknownst to all but the closest observers of the largely forgotten Afghanistan War, Khan was quietly released from Federal Bureau of Prisons custody last month.      Full news...

  • November 16, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s booming heroin trade leaves trail of addiction at home
    The Guardian: For a decade, the office of the British Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand was busy dispersing hundreds of millions of aid dollars across the province. Now, the base is barren; stripped of everything of value. Occasional moans reverberate down the corridors where gaunt-looking men sleep, belly-down, seeking respite from the sun beating through the windows. All of them are recovering drug addicts.      Full news...

  • November 15, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan opium production jumps 87 per cent to record level – UN survey
    UN News Center: A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said Wednesday in its Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017. “It is high time for the international community and Afghanistan to reprioritize drug control, and to acknowledge that every nation has a shared responsibility for this global problem,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.      Full news...

  • February 10, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Addicts Using Drugged Dogs To Keep Warm
    TOLOnews.com: Drug addicts living under the Pul-e-Sukhta Bridge in Kabul claim to give feral dogs in the area drugs so that they sleep next to them at night as they try to stay warm. Addicts say they spend between 500 Afs and 800 Afs a day on drugs, using money earned in any way possible. Doctors have warned however, that this practice is extremely unhealthy as the dogs carry diseases.      Full news...

  • January 15, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Rising Addiction Rates Among Women
    IWPR: Yagana spends her days and nights on the streets of Herat city, begging passersby for money to feed her drug addiction. She doesn’t know her exact age, although thinks she might be around 18 years old. She looks well into her thirties. “When I got married, I was very young, maybe 12 years old,” she told IWPR. “I did all the work around the house and got very tired.      Full news...

  • December 25, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Haven for drug smugglers
    The Killid Group: The government claims hundreds of arrests and destruction of opium fields but it has not even slightly dented the alarming growth in narcotics trade. An October report of the government and UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime) announced a 43 percent increase in drug production. Last week, the ministry of counter narcotics (under the interior ministry) reported a 95 percent increase in the detection rate.      Full news...

  • December 7, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Children Targeted by Drug Gangs
    IWPR: Activists and officials in the Afghan province of Herat have warned that rising numbers of children are being recruited to work as drugs mules by local trafficking networks. Street children are particularly vulnerable, amid a massive rise in addiction among minors in the western province.      Full news...

  • October 23, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan opium production up 43% - UN drugs watchdog
    BBC News: Opium production in Afghanistan has increased by 43 percent in the past year, United Nations officials have said. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the area used to farm the poppy plant, the source of opium, increased by 10 percent to 201,000 hectares. But better farming conditions resulted in a higher yield per hectare, increasing overall production.      Full news...

  • August 30, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Opium Production 40 Times Higher Since US-NATO Invasion
    teleSUR: Since the U.S.-led NATO invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the production of opium in the country has increased by 40 times according to Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, fueling organized crime and widespread death. The head of the FSKN, Viktor Ivanov, explained the staggering trend at a March U.N. conference on drugs in Afghanistan. Opium growth in Afghanistan increased 18 percent from 131, 000 hectares to 154, 000, according to Ivanov’s estimates.      Full news...

  • June 3, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Hellfire from Heaven won’t Smash the Taliban
    Counterpunch: So Taliban supremo Mullah Mansour’s white Toyota Corolla was rattling across the Baluchestan desert just after it had crossed the Iranian border when a Hellfire missile fired from a US drone incinerated it into a charred / twisted wreck. That’s the official narrative. The Pentagon said Mansour was on Obama’s kill list because he had become “an obstacle to peace and reconciliation.”      Full news...

  • May 2, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Almost 400 Teachers in Badakhshan Are Drug Addicts: Officials
    TOLOnews.com: Education officials in north-eastern Badakhshan province on Monday said that nearly 400 teachers, in four districts, are drug addicts and continue to teach students. Abdul Hai Entezami, head of the provincial education department, said they plan however to start discussions with these teachers soon.      Full news...

  • May 1, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Narco-State Afghanistan” Leads to Heroin Addiction in the USA
    Global Research: On March 29, 2016 the White House issued a press release on its new heroin initiative. The Washington Post described how much Obama proposed to do. The long list of fixes and new public-private partnerships relate almost exclusively to treatment. The 1 billion dollars, Obama said, will treat “tens of thousands” of addicts. Additional treatment is desperately needed, but the money won’t go far.      Full news...

  • December 2, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Tackling Addiction Among Afghan Women
    IWPR: Dirty and disheveled, 26-year-old Malalai lay surrounded by piles of rubbish under a bridge in central Kabul. She had been a drug addict for two years, after friends introduced her to heroin. Six months ago, her family threw her out and she now spent her days under the Pol-e Sokhta bridge, a place where many of the city’s drug users congregate.      Full news...

  • August 1, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The U.S. War on Drugs in Afghanistan Is an 8 Billion USD Failure
    The Fiscal Times: The U.S. is dealing with the most severe heroin epidemic the country has seen in years, but the public health crisis here is dwarfed by the severity of the problem in Afghanistan. And the billions of dollars the U.S. is spending to fight the epidemic in the central Asian nation seems to be having little effect.      Full news...

  • June 30, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Army officer among 3 detained with drugs in Baghlan
    PAN: Counternarcotics police on Tuesday detained a military officer and two soldiers after recovering 19 kilograms of heroin they carried in a military pick up vehicle in northern Baghlan province. Baghlan deputy police chief Col. Abdul Rashid Bashir told Pajhwok Afghan News the drugs were being smuggled from northeastern Badakhshan province to Kabul. He said the anti-drug police seized the narcotics during a cordon in Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital.      Full news...


  • May 8, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘They’ll never stop us’: The drug runners fueling Afghanistan’s epidemic
    Al Jazeera America: Afghanistan is in the grips of a drug epidemic that some say is far more dangerous than the Taliban. And those behind the trade remain defiant in the face of efforts to rid the country of their presence. “They’ll never stop us. You see, we’ve tasted the profits, so we’ll never let go,” said one smuggler when asked whether the government would ever be able to stop the illegal business.      Full news...


  • February 7, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans’ addiction to opium ravages adults, infants
    USA Today: Men, women and children sit listlessly on the unkempt lawn of a hospital for drug addicts in this northern Afghan city. Inside, the waiting area is packed with women clad in light blue burqas, each with three or four kids in tow. Ana Gul, 35, an opium user for eight years, says she came here after failing to kick her habit because opium cures her head and body aches.      Full news...

  • January 8, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Heroin addiction spreads with alarming speed across Afghanistan
    The Washington Post: The scene beneath a crumbling overpass in this capital city was a vision from hell. Hundreds of figures huddled together in the shadows, crouching amid garbage and fetid pools of water. Some injected heroin into each other’s limbs or groins in full view; others hid under filthy shawls to cook and inhale it. An elderly man in a turban wandered among the addicts, showing them a snapshot of his missing son.      Full news...

  • December 31, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bribes Free Drug Kingpin in Afghanistan, Where Cash Often Overrules Justice
    The New York Time: Early this year, officials in Washington extolled a rare success in the fight against the drug trade in Afghanistan: The authorities there had imprisoned a leading opium trafficker on the United States’ kingpin list, Haji Lal Jan Ishaqzai. The incarceration hinted at a newfound willingness by the Afghan authorities to prosecute criminals whose clout once made them untouchable.      Full news...


  • November 25, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Opium and ‘Black Ops’
    American Free Press: The United States has been gradually withdrawing troops from Afghanistan since 2011. According to President Barack Hussein Obama, only 9,800 “peacekeeping” troops will remain by the end of December, and all the troops are supposed to be gone by the end of 2016, ending the longest war in American history. But what exactly are we still doing in Afghanistan after 13 years and why did we really go there in the first place?      Full news...

  • October 21, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan opium poppy yield hits all-time high
    Reuters: Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has hit an all-time high despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the US 7.6bn USD (4.7bn GBP), according to a US government watchdog. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Afghan farmers grew an “unprecedented” 209,000 hectares (523,000 acres) of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous high of 193,000 hectares in 2007, said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.      Full news...

  • October 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Female Heads Of Household (And Hair) Reveal Afghanistan’s Drug Use
    NPR: No country grows as many opium poppies or produces as much illicit opium as Afghanistan. In 2013, opium production soared to a record high of 5,500 tons, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. A study published last week adds to a growing body of research showing that Afghanistan also has a high rate of drug usage — about 5.1 percent, or 1 in 20 people. Opioids and cannabis were the most popular.      Full news...

  • June 27, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN report says rising Afghan opium production cause for concern
    Associated Press: The United Nations’ drug-fighting agency says global drug use appears to be stable, but increasing opium production in Afghanistan is a cause for concern. The Vienna-based U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime estimated in an annual report Thursday that between 162 and 324 million people used an illicit drug at least once in 2012, little changed from the previous year.      Full news...

  • May 15, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Population of Jawzjan province drug addicts doubles
    PAN: The number of drug addicts has doubled in two years in northern Jawzjan province, where most robbery incidents are blamed on junkies. Health officials say the population of addicts had risen from 1,100 in 2012 to more than 2,000 in 2014. In Shiberghan, the number of drug addicts has increased to 300 from 100 a year back.      Full news...

  • May 7, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Tragedy of Afghanistan’s child addicts
    The Killid Group: IMC report - It is no surprise that tens of thousands of children are exposed to drug use in their homes. But what is worrying is that the use of a glue used by shoemakers and petrol by children is rising alarmingly in Kabul. “Donors have no interest in supporting deaddiction.”      Full news...



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