Illicit and ongoing
Despite millions of dollars invested into counternarcotics operations, Afghanistan’s opium trade shows no sign of abating – and the country remains the world’s biggest opium producer
By ARSHAD MEHMOOD / THE MEDIA LINE
August 15, 2018 21:50
4 minute read.
An Afghan policeman destroys poppies during a campaign against narcotics in Kunar province, 2014. REUTERSParwiz .
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Despite large amounts of money invested in counter-narcotics operations by the Afghan government and the United States, Afghanistan remains the world’s largest opium producer.A recent report published by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) indicates that Washington contributed roughly $8.62 billion to eradicating poppy farming in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2017.
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