Heroin production in Afghanistan has increased 40 times since NATO began its War on Terror in 2001



Heroin production in Afghanistan increased 40 times since NATO began its ‘War on Terror’ in 2001, the head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service stated, adding that more than 1million people have died from Afghan heroin since then.

“Afghan heroin has killed more than 1 million people worldwide since the ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ began and over a trillion dollars has been invested into transnational organized crime from drug sales,”Viktor Ivanov said at the conference on the drug situation in Afghanistan.

Ivanov stressed that the main factor of instability in the war-torn country remains the prosperous heroin industry.

“Any impartial observer must admit the sad fact that the international community has failed to curb heroin production in Afghanistan since the start of NATO’s operation.”

According to his presentation at UN’s 56th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna on March 11, opium growth has increased by 18 per cent from 131,000 hectares to 154,000.

As the situation in Afghanistan changed with NATO withdrawing its troops, Russia along with Afghanistan and the international community must face the new reality and develop an efficient strategy to deal with the heroin problem, explained Ivanov.

Opium production has been central to Afghanistan’s economy ever since US and NATO forces invaded in October 2001. Just before the invasion Taliban had implemented a ban on poppy growing, declaring it to be anti-Islam, which lowered the overall production. But after the West’s involvement, production resumed and now the country produces some 90 per cent of the world’s opium, the great bulk of which ends up on the streets of Europe and Russia.

US and NATO officials have been stuck in a Catch-22 fight against Afghan opium. At the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna in March, Ivanov stated that on the one hand, they are attempting to win the hearts and minds of the local population, which increasingly depends on the cultivation of opium poppy for their livelihood. On the other, they need to cut off finances to the Taliban insurgency, which is fueled by the sale of opium poppy to foreign markets.

About 15 per cent of Afghanistan’s Gross National Product depends on drug-related exports, which amounts business worth US$2.4 billion a year, according to UN 2012 figures.


i hate to be a coincidence conspiracy theorist..but i am..and this one is damning..


~ by seeker401 on April 6, 2013.

7 Responses to “Heroin production in Afghanistan has increased 40 times since NATO began its War on Terror in 2001”

  1. No coincidence. One year before the “war on terror” the Heroin numbers were very low in Iraq and Afghanistan, then one year later they broke record highs and continued to get bigger and bigger.

    The U.S. government has always played middle man in the drug war. it’s not about winning something. Look at the crack boom in L.A.. They were responsible for building up Ricky Ross’ crack kingpin empire for years, and they got away with.

    They want people on drugs, cause they are also profiting off of it. Look at those drug cartels in Mexico and try to tell me the CIA had no hand in building them up into these super powerful groups that can overpower the Mexican government.

  2. hmmm. i can’t help but see an arbitrage opportunity. looks like they need more coke in russia lol

  3. […] Heroin production in Afghanistan has increased 40 times since NATO began its War on Terror in 2001 (seeker401.wordpress.com) […]

  4. http://www.unodc.org/
    They produce statistics every year for the opiate production in afghanistan, i have been watching the site for years.


    ” The United States wants to stay in Afghanistan in order to keep its profitable heroin business in the country, a political analyst says.
    “The only reason the United States would stay there frankly is to keep its multi-hundred-billion-dollar heroin business going. The business of Afghanistan has always been heroin. There’s no other reason the US was involved,” senior editor at Veterans Today Gordon Duff told Press TV on Thursday.
    “The people of Afghanistan have made it very clear they don’t want the United States there,” he added………………………………………..
    “When the United States went into Afghanistan in 2001, Afghanistan had ended almost every aspect of narcotics production,” Duff said. “As of last week, Afghanistan was producing 98 percent of the world’s… heroin.”
    The United Nations reported last month that Afghanistan produced record levels of opium in 2013.
    Cultivation of opium poppies, which are processed into heroin, rose 36 percent, amounting to 209,000 hectares.
    Afghanistan remains the world’s largest opium producer – last year accounting for 75 percent of the world’s heroin supply.

    ” Russia will bring its existential fight against the opium war targeting its youth — whose addiction rates have expanded in parallel to the massive increase in opium planting and heroin trafficking during the 13-year NATO presence in Afghanistan — to the UN Security Council, a move supported by China. U.S.-Russia joint collaboration on anti-narcotics is one of the only working- group relationships that has survived the Obama Administration and British geopolitical intrigues. It should be a new addition to the collaborative efforts on Syria and Iran, and, could become a decisive flank against the drug-money-saturated banking system, a favorite theme of Ivanov. It is only our enemies, and the stupidity of Washington’s Beltway idiots, that prevent the U.S. joining this effort. ” http://larouchepac.com/node/28902

    ” Costa’s blunt statements come in face of another strategic development which is not headline news yet. Russia, with the backing of China, wants to push a UN Security Council-sanctioned crackdown on narcotrafficking onto the international agenda. The utter failure of NATO to deal with the 40x boom in heroin production in Afghanistan in the midst of its massive military presence there since 2001 and its upcoming withdrawal, has led to a simmering revolt, which is demanding action against the heroin economy. Viktor Ivanov, the head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Agency, recently announced that Russia was putting this on the agenda of the June 2014 G-8 meeting in Sochi.
    Within the United States, a boom of heroin addiction, including in supposedly-affluent middle class neighborhoods, plus debate on the NATO Afghan debacle, and its heroin boom legacy, has opened the door for increased U.S.-Russian collaboration against the global reach of Afghan-produced heroin. As with Syria and Iran, this U.S.-Russia collaboration must now take on the criminal banking system protecting the accumulated trillions of dollars from decades of narotics trafficking, be it cocaine or heroin.
    Russian financial intelligence expert Konstantin Sorokin emphasized in his Sept. 6 Executive Intelligence Review interview that U.S. Russia collaboration is key to defeating the drug cartels and their bankers, and thus the legalization drive. http://www.larouchepub.com/other/interviews/2013/4035sorokin_v_laundering.htmlhttp://larouchepac.com/node/29007


    Prince Charles Inspects His Mother’s Poppy Fields in Helmand
    April 15, 2010 • 9:00AM

    On March 25-26, Prince Charles visited British troops in Afghanistan, becoming the most senior royal to visit British troops there. He received a briefing from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander [editor confused whether it is “British” or “U.S.” commander] of all foreign troops in the country. The Guardian reported that “during a two-day visit amid tight security, he was flown by Chinook helicopter to Lashkar Gar, capital of Helmand province, where he met local leaders, the Governor Gulab Mangal, and British soldiers at a patrol base surrounded by opium poppy and wheat fields (emphasis added).”
    It was not reported where Prince Charles met McChrystal, for example, in a poppy field, a heroin laboratory, or on a carpet, where the Prince was sitting cross-legged socializing with the local governor. Associated Press reported that “the 61-year-old heir to the British throne said troops can keep themselves busy in the field, but for the relatives left behind, it’s ‘ghastly.'” However, the Prince did not identify what the troops were keeping themselves busy with.
    The AP shamelessly, but ironically, reports: “Britain has lost 276 troops since the war began in 2001. British soldiers have mainly been tasked with battling the Taliban in Helmand, the center of Afghanistan’s illegal narcotics trade that has financed the militant group.”
    AP added that “Prince Charles crisscrossed Helmand by helicopter, flying over the canals, poppy fields, and mud compounds that make up much of the district. He met with local leaders in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, sitting crossed-legged on a cushion as he talked about the situation in Helmand.”
    It further revealed the setting where the British troops are keeping themselves busy: “At Patrol Base Pimon, nestled among the blooming pink poppy fields of Nad Ali, he met some of the 140 British troops holding the front line and was told by commanding officer Maj. Ian Lindsay-German: ‘It’s a lot more quiet out there now, but it hasn’t been cleared fully’ of insurgents.”
    However, clearing the fields of opium poppy is not on the agenda.
    With this visit, the British are probably making it clear that Helmand might become the capital of what would be left of Afghanistan, when the catastrophic Obama Administration policy comes to a crushing defeat, and Kabul is abandoned to its fate in a sectarian and ethnically divided Afghanistan. Therefore, Helmand Province is of more interest for the British to keep quiet and “economically thriving” with the help of such American dupes as President Obama and General McChrystal. Helmand, whose Governor Mangal is being groomed by the British royals as a great tribal leader (as the British royals are themselves, oligarchical tribe leaders), is being portrayed as the stable and well-governed region of Afghanistan, unlike the “corrupt” President Karzai’s Kabul. ” http://larouchepac.com/node/14178

    (Obama Keeps One Campaign Promise: Make America Subservient To The British Empire http://larouchepac.com/node/18251 )
    ( Obama and Holder: Drug Pushers for the Queen http://larouchepac.com/node/28233 )

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