Published On: Thu, Dec 19th, 2013
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US Earning Profit through Drug Trafficking in Afghanistan, Pakistan

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TEHRAN: The United States covers the costs of military presence in the Middle East by drug trade in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Global Research said.

Sherwood Ross in an article on Global Research said since the invasion of US troops of Afghanistan the opium trade has radically increased in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Canadian journalist Eric Walberg wrote in his “Postmodern Imperialism” (Clarity), “Within two years of the CIA operation in Afghanistan, the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands became the world’s top heroin producer.”

“Opium production has increased 33 fold from 185 tons in 2001 to 6100 tons in 2006. In 2007, Afghanistan provided approximately 93% of the global supply of heroin…”

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Tex.) told a gathering of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, that the CIA was involved in trafficking drugs as part of the Iran-Contra debacle.

Drug trafficking is “a gold mine for people who want to raise money in the underground government in order to finance projects that they can’t get legitimately,” Rep. Paul claimed. “It is very clear that the CIA has been very much involved with drug dealings,” Huffington Post quotes him as saying.

“The CIA was very much involved in the Iran-Contra scandals. I’m not making up the stories; we saw it on television. They were hauling down weapons and drugs back.”

In an interview on RT television on August 20, 2009, Russian General Mahmut Gareev, a former commander in the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, said, “The US is not going to stop production of drugs in Afghanistan as it covers the costs of its military presence there.”

“I don’t make anything up. Americans themselves admit that drugs are often transported out of Afghanistan on American planes. Drug trafficking in Afghanistan brings them about 50 billion dollars a year –which fully covers the expenses tied to keeping their troops there,” he added.