In the 14 years since the US and NATO forces entered Afghanistan illegal drug production in the country increased 50-fold. More land was allocated to opium poppy cultivation last year — over 220,000 hectares were used in the illegal business, which is also a record. There is no silver lining to the situation, which is getting worse by the minute.
Opium boom recipe: Take Afghan poppy cultivation, add a US operation, and voila! 40-fold crop expansion. Shaken, not stirred.— MarijuanaNurse (@GichuruGrace) 15 апреля 2015
"The United States and NATO spent $7.8 billion to fight opium poppy cultivation and drug production in Afghanistan. Not only did the production fail to go down in recent years, on the contrary, it has increased. The money was wasted," General Khodaidad, the former Afghan Minister for Counter Narcotics, told Sputnik.
According to the expert, fighting drug production was not a priority for the United States at that time.
"The US seemed to have its own goals and links in the drug world that allowed them to control the increase in opium poppy cultivation and always remain in the black. According to some sources, Americans offered locals in some Afghani regions to use the drug revenues as they wished," Molazehi told Sputnik.
Not a single country can solve the issue on its own due to the sheer scale of the problem but there is a chance to deal with it through joint efforts. General Khodaidad named the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as a group that could be up for the challenge.
"It is important that Afghanistan wants to take part in the SCO summit in the Russian city of Ufa. I am convinced that this is a prime opportunity to engage in a constructive and efficient dialogue with Afghanistan's neighbors in a variety of areas, including economy, fighting terrorism and drug trafficking," General Khodaidad noted.
Afghanistan produces a whopping 95 percent of the world’s opium, despite 10 years of US occupation.— Most Wow Facts (@MostWowFacts) 20 мая 2015