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When failed drug war meets failed real war

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When failed drug war meets failed real war

02.09.17 10:01 PM

American taxpayers have funded more than $8 billion in efforts to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan. According to a new report, production has increased.

According to the report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), 15 years and $8.5 billion in U.S. taxpayer money has done nothing to quell opium production in the country. In fact, the report notes, Afghan poppy cultivation is at an all-time high.

Despite the massive amounts of spending, U.S. intervention is having little effect in preventing drug production or use within the country.

In 2013, Afghan farmers grew an unprecedented 209,000 hectares of opium poppy, surpassing the previous peak of 193,000 hectares in 2007. One hectare accounts for about 2.5 acres.

By 2014, the year for which the most up to date opium production numbers are available, Afghan farmers cultivated 224,000 hectares of opium poppy.

Between 2015 and 2016, SIGAR recorded a 10 percent increase in the amount of Afghan land used to harvest opium.

“No eradication took place in the biggest opium-growing provinces because of the grave security situation,” SIGAR reported.

The opium production is being used to fund terror efforts throughout the world.

A U.S. Special Forces soldier was severely wounded in the heart of the country’s opium producing area on Thursday.

As reported by Breitbart:
The soldier was injured while on a mission with Afghan troops in Sangin, a town in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, according to a U.S. military spokesman. The soldier, whose identity was not revealed out of privacy concerns, is currently in surgery, the spokesman said.

Army Lt. Gen. John Nicholson’s disclosure came during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the current situation in Afghanistan. The disclosure was unusual*since the Pentagon does not typically announce when troops are wounded. It also underscored the danger U.S. troops face in Afghanistan, where 8,400 are currently deployed.

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