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Afghanistan opium trade booms since Taliban takeover

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Deutsche Welle, 10 December 2021

Quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this report:

Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network said the Taliban are not the only factor driving the drug economy in Afghanistan in recent years.

“The previous government struggled with the Taliban for influence in rural areas, and many of its people were directly involved in drug smuggling,” he said.

The analyst said Western troops in Afghanistan often worked with warlords, commanders and government officials who were involved in the drug trade, and rarely did anything to stop it.

There is a second quote about me allegedly thinking the Taliban were not serious about reducing opium production to zero. This is what the author thought I said, and it was not corrected, despite my request to do so.