Opium production rate has soared to 6,900 tons in Afghanistan in the past 10 years despite the presence of 100,000 foreign troops in the country for nearly eight years.
A report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said on Wednesday that Afghanistan produces 92 percent of the world’s opium that has devastating global consequences.
The UN report also noted that Afghanistan’s illegal opium production is worth 65 billion dollars.
Is this simply coincidence, the explosion of the opium trade after the US/NATO occupation and invasion?
The money is lucrative, and control of opium production means controlling where the product actually winds up.
And one last bit; under the watch of the Taliban, opium cultivation was almost completely eliminated in Afghanistan.