Intentional failure? Afghanistan drug production booms under NATO occupation

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August 18 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Izvestia – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation expressed the opinion that the US anti-drug campaign in Afghanistan, which cost Washington $ 8.5 billion, has failed.

“We regret to state that the situation in Afghanistan in the field of drugs continues to deteriorate. According to expert estimates, in 2017 a sharp increase in drug production is expected. Drug production in Afghanistan has already exceeded last year’s figures; about a third of the population is involved in the cultivation of opium poppy” said the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Information and Press.

The agency noted that Russian diplomats are at a loss as to why the United States and NATO, who have been present for many years in the region, can not help the government of the country in the fight against drug production.

“John Sopko (Special US Gen. Prospector for the reconstruction of Afghanistan) informed of the $ 8.5 billion spent by Washington on the anti-drug campaign in Afghanistan – which directly points to its failure,” concluded the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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