How the New US-Afghanistan Peace Deal Rekindled a “Business Friendly Taliban”

America’s relationship with the Taliban has always been determined by how useful they are at advancing US interests in the region and the Trump administration’s recent efforts to make “peace” with the group are no exception.

US Taliban Peace Deal Feature photo

President Trump, who is up for re-election this year, has added another “peace” deal to his credentials, a deal that the president, his re-election campaign and his supporters have promoted as proof that Trump is willing and able to resist the U.S. foreign policy establishment and its ceaseless push to keep the U.S. embroiled in “forever

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Amid Opioid Crisis, Trump Sends Troops To Guard Poppies in Afghanstan

There is no way to uncouple the massive surge in Afghan’s opium production from the burgeoning crisis of opioid use in the United States. In banishing all thought of an Afghan “endgame,” has Trump just made our “national emergency” of opioid abuse a permanent one?

MARJAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Corporal Mark Hickok, a 23-year-old combat engineer from North Olmstead, Ohio, patrols through a poppy field during a clearing mission April 9. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John M. McCall)

With last Friday’s departure of his chief strategist Steve Bannon – one of the few members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle opposed to American “empire building” -- many speculated it was only a matter of time before the Trump administration took an even more hawkish turn. Less than two days later, Secretary of Defense James Mattis

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North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer, Making It A Prime Target For The CIA

North Korea is starting to produce more opium in a bid to financially prop up its regime following Chinese sanctions on its coal exports. Will its increased opium production make it a target for the U.S. military? History suggests this may be the case.

MINNEAPOLIS-- (Analysis) When the U.S. overthrew the Taliban in the wake of 9/11 as part of its newly launched “war on terror,” it set the stage for the explosive growth of Afghanistan’s dying opium industry. A few short months before the invasion took place, the Taliban made headlines for having “dramatically ended the country’s massive opium

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Afghan Opium Production 40 Times Higher Since US-NATO Invasion

About 90 percent of the world’s illegal opium is estimated to come from Afghanistan.

U.S. Marines assigned to the female engagement team (FET) of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) conduct a patrol alongside a poppy field while visiting Afghan settlements in Boldak, Afghanistan, April 5, 2010. (DoD photo by Cpl. Lindsay L. Sayres, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

Since the U.S.-led NATO invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the production of opium in the country has increased by 40 times according to Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, fueling organized crime and widespread death. The head of the FSKN, Viktor Ivanov, explained the staggering trend at a March U.N. conference on drugs in Afghanistan. Opium

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Rumors Persist That The CIA Helps Export Opium From Afghanistan

Unconfirmed rumors persist that the CIA is helping export opium, or at least prefers to “manage” Afghanistan’s opium trade rather than fight it. Who profits?

In this Friday, April 8, 2011 photo, an Afghan armed man member of the Afghan Public Protection Force destroys an opium poppy field during an eradication campaign in Marjah district, Helmand province of Afghanistan. Afghanistan supplies most of the world's opium. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaleq)

KABUL --- Despite billions spent to eradicate opium crops in Afghanistan, the crop is more popular than ever there, leading many to wonder whether some U.S. forces may actually be encouraging its growth and the heroin it later becomes. In July, the Centers for Disease Control warned of record-breaking numbers of heroin deaths in the United

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As US Draws Down, Afghan Opium Production Thrives

MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) — Pink-and-white poppy blooms stretch toward the horizon in this field in southern Afghanistan as laborers slice open the green bulbs swollen with raw opium, the main ingredient in heroin. The opium from Marjah, a district in southern Helmand province, likely will make its way to drug addicts in the region and […]

MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) — Pink-and-white poppy blooms stretch toward the horizon in this field in southern Afghanistan as laborers slice open the green bulbs swollen with raw opium, the main ingredient in heroin. The opium from Marjah, a district in southern Helmand province, likely will make its way to drug addicts in the region and the world.

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