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January 5th, 2011

War Is a Drug

If, as 2011 begins, you want to peer into the future, enter my time machine, strap yourself in, and head for the past, that laboratory for all developments of our moment and beyond.Just as 2010 ended, the American military’s urge to surge resurfaced in a significant way.  It seems that ... continue reading

July 14th, 2010

In Afghanistan, drug rehab for children

Kabul, Afghanistan Najiba scrabbles through cupboards frantic for something sweet. She claws at her mother, urging her to help. Najiba, though only 13 years old, lives in the Sanga Amaj drug addiction rehab clinic in Kabul with her mother, Zainab – who is also an opium addict, a habit acquired ... continue reading

July 12th, 2010

Cops Show Marines How to Take on the Taliban

LOS ANGELES — A tough-talking, muscular Los Angeles police sergeant steadily rattled off tips to a young Marine riding shotgun as they raced in a patrol car to a drug bust: Be aware of your surroundings. Watch people's body language. Build rapport.Marine Lt. Andrew Abbott, 23, took it all in ... continue reading

July 6th, 2010

Police kill 64 people in Afghan drug bust

Afghan counter-narcotics police and international security forces killed 64 people and arrested 10 others during a three-day operation in Helmand province, the interior ministry said. Authorities also discovered and burned 16,641 kilograms (36,687 pounds) of narcotics during the operation, which ended Sunday, the interior ministry said. The ministry described the ... continue reading

May 6th, 2010

GAO report casts new doubt on Afghanistan policy

WASHINGTON -- An independent government report on Wednesday raises new questions about the likelihood of success for President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy, which nearly doubles the number of U.S. troops there before a planned drawdown begins in July 2011.The report, by the Government Accountability Office, found the Taliban remain a ... continue reading

May 6th, 2010

Number of Soldiers Seeking Opiate Abuse Treatment Skyrockets

The number of American soldiers seeking treatment for opiate abuse has skyrocketed over the past five years, at a time when the U.S. military has been surging forces into the heart of the world's leading opium producer. Pentagon statistics obtained by show that the number of Army soldiers enrolled in ... continue reading

April 13th, 2010

Time for NATO to face facts: The jig is up

Politicians, including Stephen Harper, and pundits are united in condemning Hamid Karzai. He's crazy to claim that he might join the Taliban and that Americans have long-term designs on Afghanistan, retaining military bases there to keep an eye on neighbouring China, Pakistan, Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan etc.) and the North Caucasus ... continue reading

April 13th, 2010

Insecurity in Uruzgan as Dutch prepare to leave

Instead of being sold openly out in the street, opium is now mainly available under the counter in Tarin Kowt. The capital of the southern Afghan province Uruzgan has grown so much, houses are now practically on the doorstep of the Dutch military base Kamp Holland. A multitude of stores ... continue reading

April 13th, 2010

Marines try unorthodox tactics to disrupt Afghan opium harvest

CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTAN -- U.S. Marines are mounting an intensive effort to disrupt the opium harvest in the former Taliban enclave of Marja by confiscating tools from migrant workers, compensating poppy farmers who plow under their fields and collaborating with Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to raid collection sites. The steps ... continue reading

April 7th, 2010

DEA says Afghan opium seizures soar in 2009

KABUL — Opium seizures in Afghanistan soared 924 percent last year because of better cooperation between Afghan and international forces, the top U.S. drug enforcement official said Thursday.The Taliban largely funds its insurgency by profits from the opium trade, making it a growing target of U.S. and Afghan anti-insurgency operations. ... continue reading

April 2nd, 2010

UN: Afghanistan is World's Top Hashish Producer

A new U.N. survey shows Afghanistan is not only the world's top opium producer, but it has surpassed Morocco in becoming the top global producer of hashish. From Paris, our correspondent has more on the findings by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. The U.N. survey adds to international ... continue reading

March 30th, 2010

Can Anyone Pacify the World's Number One Narco-State?

In ways that have escaped most observers, the Obama administration is now trapped in an endless cycle of drugs and death in Afghanistan from which there is neither an easy end nor an obvious exit.After a year of cautious debate and costly deployments, President Obama finally launched his new Afghan ... continue reading

February 8th, 2010

Afghan drug capital is U.S. target in coming offensive

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S.-led offensive that's expected to start soon in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province will be a battle not only against the Taliban but also against an insurgent-backed narcotics trade that provides a livelihood for thousands of residents. Helmand produces more than half the world's opium, and Marjah, ... continue reading

February 8th, 2010

Britain hits grim milestone before major attack

KABUL -- Three British soldiers have died in southern Afghanistan, officials announced Monday, raising Britain's death toll in the conflict to 256 - breaking the number of Britons lost in the Falklands war of 1982.Britain reached the grim milestone as British, American and Afghan forces are preparing for a major ... continue reading

January 25th, 2010

Afghan president Hamid Karzai urges West to buy off the Taliban

After giving up on winning victory in Afghanistan by military means, the international community is resorting to the centuries-old method of buying its way out. In London this week, Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, will launch a British and American-backed plan for “reintegration” of the Taliban and call for international ... continue reading

January 20th, 2010

U.N. report finds corruption rife in Afghanistan

LONDON (Reuters) - Corruption costs Afghans $2.5 billion a year, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday, with the scale of bribery matching Afghanistan's opium trade.The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said a national survey it conducted showed Afghans were more concerned by public dishonesty than insecurity ... continue reading

January 12th, 2010

AP Interview: US agriculture secretary urges Afghan farmers to grow grapes not opium poppy

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban make Afghanistan's opium business easy, offering credit, seeds and fertilizer to farmers to grow the drugs that fuel the insurgency. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who wrapped up a three-day visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday, is determined to change that momentum by offering similar incentives ... continue reading

January 9th, 2010

1 US, 8 Afghan troops killed by roadside bombs

KABUL — Roadside bombs have killed eight Afghan soldiers and a U.S. service member in separate incidents in Afghanistan, officials said Friday.NATO confirmed the American died Thursday in eastern Afghanistan, but provided no other details.Also Thursday, an Afghan army vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Uruzgan province in central Afghanistan. ... continue reading

January 2nd, 2010

Afghan militant attacks set pace for a bloody 2010

KABUL — Afghanistan's war exited 2009 on a sour note for an international community that has committed thousands of troops and billions of dollars into transforming the country into a peaceful, modern democracy.And there is only likely to be more violence in 2010, analysts said.As tens of thousands of soldiers ... continue reading

December 28th, 2009

Troops deaths in Afghan war seen rising with surge

KABUL — The arrival in Afghanistan of tens of thousands of reinforcements to fight the Taliban will lead to a higher death rate among foreign troops, adding pressure on Western leaders to get out altogether, officials say.Militants fighting for the overthrow of the Kabul government promised to turn Afghanistan into ... continue reading

December 21st, 2009

Marine charged with breaking into pharmacy

JACKSONVILLE, NC -- Police say they arrested a Camp Lejeune Marine caught stealing more than 2,000 pills from a Jacksonville pharmacy Monday.Douglas Sumner, 20, of Weapons Company, 2nd Marine Division, was charged Monday by the Jacksonville Police Department with breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary ... continue reading

December 13th, 2009

Afghan women lead protest against government corruption

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan - Several hundred women, many holding aloft pictures of relatives killed by drug lords or Taliban militants, held a loud but nonviolent street protest today, demanding that President Hamid Karzai purge from his government anyone connected to corruption, war crimes or the Taliban. "These women are ... continue reading

November 22nd, 2009

As deaths in Afghanistan rise, so does the growth of opium

Attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan are at record levels and threaten to derail efforts to rebuild the war-torn country, while an unholy alliance of Taliban drug dealers and corrupt government officials has made a mockery of coalition forces' attempts to stem the export of heroin. The findings, from new ... continue reading

November 19th, 2009

Stealing Money, Selling Heroin and Raping Boys -- The Very Dark Side of the Afghan Occupation

Just when President Barack Obama looked as if he might be railroaded into sending tens of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan the American envoy to Kabul has warned him not to do so. In a leaked cable to Washington sent last week, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, Gen Karl ... continue reading

November 13th, 2009

Gen. (Ret.) Jack Keane Discusses Afghanistan with Al Jazeera English's Avi Lewis

JACK KEANE: Karzai's brother is a thug, in every sense of the word. We're onto him, to all the problems he's causing. Is he mixed up in trafficking of drugs and criminality? Yes. In a very large way in the south. AVI LEWIS: In all your time – KEANE: He ... continue reading

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