Daily Revolt

October 18, 2007

Opium Funding up to 40 Percent of Afghan Unrest: US General

Can't blame this one on Iran. Guess who gets the blame? Who's been occupying Afghanistan when the poppy crops began to sprout up again after being eradicated by the Taliban:
The top US general in Afghanistan said Thursday he estimated that Afghanistan's rampant opium poppy cultivation was funding up to 40 percent of the Taliban-led insurgency.

General Dan McNeill, head of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), added he had been told by an international expert that this figure was likely low and could reach up to 60 percent.

The cultivation of opium -- 93 percent of whose world supply comes from Afghanistan, according to the United Nations -- is undermining everything the government and its international allies were trying to do, he said.

Despite internationally backed efforts to cut the drugs trade, Afghanistan's opium production grew by 34 percent this year, according to a UN survey.

And guess where the Opium, in the form of Heroin, is going to end up.

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