Tuesday, February 16, 2010
ARLS Global Snapshot: Guns and poppies: Afghan drug trade fuels insurgency
ABOVE PHOTO: Afghan farmers work on a poppy field in the Grishk district of Helmand province in this April 18, 2009 file photo. — Reuters MIRWAIS BASE, Afghanistan: From the watchtower at an Afghan outpost, the Dutch soldiers can follow the growth of the pretty poppies that may one day pay for the weapons that kill them or their comrades.
Taliban insurgents waging an increasingly deadly campaign against foreign troops make at least 100 million dollars a year from taxing Afghanistan's opium trade — the world's biggest, US and Afghan officials say.