View Full Version : Afghan military tied to drug trade

Sep 4, 2003, 06:43 PM

A lieutenant's arrest is the first strong evidence of links that may contribute to the Taliban's return.

Mohammad Dost[...]'s case is worrisome [...], in part because of his rank as a lieutenant in the Afghan military forces here. Dost is someone who should have been arresting drug traffickers, not, from all appearances, working for them. Now, Dost is likely to escape prosecution altogether, because of a jurisdiction dispute between the local government here and the regional military commander.

It is the first substantial evidence that many of the same Afghan commanders who helped remove the Taliban from power two years ago may be involved in a business that could destabilize Afghanistan and lead to the Taliban's return.


IJ Reilly
Sep 4, 2003, 06:52 PM
I've been hearing about this for awhile now. The Taiban may have been brutal and reactionary, but they did quash the opium trade. Since we had no plan for Afghanistan beyond toppling the Taliban regime, the people turned back to what they knew -- growing opium poppies.