Category: Taliban

Afghanistan opium harvest at record high – UNODC

Afghan opium cultivation has reached a record level, with more than 200,000 hectares planted with the poppy for the first time, the United Nations says. The UNODC report said the harvest was 36% up on last year, and if fully realised would outstrip global demand. Most of the rise was in Helmand province, where British […]

Pakistan reviews US ties after Taliban leader death

Pakistan is reviewing its relationship with the United States following the killing of the Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to chair a meeting of his top security advisers on Monday to discuss the next steps. Mehsud, who had a $5m (£3.1m) US bounty on […]

‘Worse than Hiroshima’: US war chemicals ‘stinking hypocrisy’

One in three American servicemen permanently disabled, ‘the worst genetic damage in any population ever studied’, ‘confirmed’ US govt behind world record Afghan opium crop, and October’s protest calendar. Seek truth from facts with Iraqi-Kurdish activist Houzan Mahmoud, Afghan war specialist Prof. Anatol Lieven, former intelligence officer Scott Rickard, Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Conn […]

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