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2010-01-22 09:43:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To stabilize Afghanistan, President Barack Obama has called for a surge of American and NATO troops. His counternarcotics strategy, a major departure from previous ineffective and counterproductive policies, is also crucial to the war effort. In Shooting Up: Counterinsurgency and the War on Drugs, Brookings fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown, shows that although success in suppressing illicit economies cannot be achieved without first addressing the...

2008-07-08 15:00:39

By TORCUIL CRICHTON A SCHEME to turn parts of war-torn Helmand province in Afghanistan into an agricultural food basket exporting worldwide are being drawn up by the Ministry of Defence under ambitious plans to supplant the opium production that funds the Taliban . The plans, that would see a vegetable canning and packaging plant set up next to Bost airport near Lashgar, are a sign of Britain's determination to stay the course in the country where 110 military personnel have lost their...

2006-08-22 05:33:22

By Yousuf Azmiy KABUL (Reuters) - Drugs pose a far greater threat to Afghanistan than terrorism but the international community is not doing enough to tackle the scourge, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday. Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium, the raw material for heroin, and production is expected to rise to record levels this year as drug barons and Taliban insurgents cash in on the harvest. "Once, we thought terrorism was Afghanistan's biggest enemy," Karzai...

2006-03-20 08:15:00

By Yousuf Azimy LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan farmer Abdul Ghani looks over his field carpeted in small, green plants and knows this crop will feed his family. His field is covered in opium poppies, now only leaves about 4 inches high and yet to flower. Ghani explains his simple logic that makes him part of an illicit industry that the government says is funding terrorism and threatens to destroy the country. "We're very poor people. To feed our families we grow poppies," said...

2006-03-09 08:24:47

By Ed Cropley PHONGSALI, Laos (Reuters) - The mountains of northern Laos have changed color. In the past five years, the opium poppy fields that for the last two centuries lent splashes of color to the pervading green of the jungle have become a thing of the past. In their stead, small plantations of tea, peach trees and even asparagus are springing up in the heart of the "Golden Triangle," the lawless opium-producing region at the junction of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. "In 2001...

2006-03-06 15:55:15

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NATO's top commander said on Monday he doubted Taliban and al Qaeda forces were capable of posing a serious insurgent threat as the alliance expands its Afghanistan operations, calling narcotics the top worry. NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. James Jones also said the 26-nation alliance remained 25 percent short of the troops and equipment envisioned for its rapid-reaction force, and expressed renewed doubt he will be able to declare it...

2006-03-01 17:21:12

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opium production and trafficking make up a third of Afghanistan's economy, and security issues and corruption hamper efforts to eradicate the drug, the State Department said on Wednesday. In its annual worldwide drugs survey, the department said Afghanistan's huge drugs trade severely damaged efforts to rebuild the country's economy and threatened regional stability overall. "Dangerous security conditions and corruption constrain government and...

2005-08-29 08:34:18

By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan opium cultivation has fallen by 21 percent this year largely because of efforts by the government to persuade farmers to stop, including a threat to destroy fields, and low prices, a U.N. narcotics official said. But while the area under cultivation has shown a sharp drop, good weather boosted productivity of fields still planted with opium and total output of about 4,100 tons is down only 2.4 percent over last year, the U.N. Office on Drugs...

2005-06-29 16:05:04

By Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Annual worldwide illegal drug salesare greater than the gross domestic product of 88 percent ofthe countries in the world, the U.N. said on Wednesday. "This is not a small enemy against which we struggle. It isa monster," Antonio Maria Costa, head of the United NationsOffice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in an annual report. Costa offered one tale of success. The south-east Asian"Golden Triangle," once a major center of illicit poppycultivation,...


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