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Afghanistan remains a dangerous place

Some time ago I came across a publication by two German scientists about the Russian (Soviet) influence in Afghanistan starting after WW2. I was really surprised how much they have created there over the years.
http://www.academia.edu/2558411/Pers...th_Afghanistan

In the paper there is a nice table -- the summary of what what built there by the Soviets over the years, and I thought it was a lot.
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Re: Afghanistan remains a dangerous place

Now the US-led war in Afghanistan has officially ended after 13 years. But some US and other troops will remain there fighting against the Taliban. President Obama, in marking the official end of combat missions, said, "Afghanistan remains a dangerous place.."

What has been done there during the last 13 years?
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Re: Afghanistan remains a dangerous place

Afghanistan has been a dangerous place for a very long time, so I don't see your point.... Much of 'The Great Game' was played out there after all.
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Re: Afghanistan remains a dangerous place

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In the paper there is a nice table -- the summary of what what built there by the Soviets over the years, and I thought it was a lot.

Up to 1.5m civilian casualties, 100 thousands Mujahideen, 2m fled internally,, 5m fled elsewhere, the country population completely stunted, scorched earth left. Where the hell are you coming from??
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Re: Afghanistan remains a dangerous place

When Afganistans taliban took power in 2001 the opium puppy cultivation dropped by about 90% as the new leadership declared them unislamic. But NATO invaded not too long after (how exactly is Afghanistan connected to the Atlantic Ocean?), opium production shot back up to previous levels, and has even doubled again since.

Remember the Iran-Contra affair, as part of which CIA smuggled drugs into the USA to help the Contras finance the weapons the CIA sold them. The CIA was also complicit in drug smuggling by the Mudjaheddin during their fight against the occupying russians, and bought Air America after WW2 for the same purpose in SE-Asia. And there's lots more.

Sooo many precedents. Honi sot qui mal y pense.
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When Afganistans taliban took power in 2001 the opium puppy cultivation dropped by about 90% as the new leadership declared them unislamic. But NATO invaded not too long after (how exactly is Afghanistan connected to the Atlantic Ocean?), opium production shot back up to previous levels, and has even doubled again since.

Remember the Iran-Contra affair, as part of which CIA smuggled drugs into the USA to help the Contras finance the weapons the CIA sold them. The CIA was also complicit in drug smuggling by the Mudjaheddin during their fight against the occupying russians, and bought Air America after WW2 for the same purpose in SE-Asia. And there's lots more.

Sooo many precedents. Honi sot qui mal y pense.
Some people believe the Taliban had huge stocks of dried opium from the record production in 1999 and so made enormous profits out of the massive opium price increase following the production cut in 2000/1.
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Some people believe the Taliban had huge stocks of dried opium from the record production in 1999 and so made enormous profits out of the massive opium price increase following the production cut in 2000/1.
Anybody can speculate, who would that be and what/whose numbers do they rely on? Why wait with virtually stopping production until they took power, instead of cutting production by some more reasonably amount right away? And why increase acreage in 1999 in the first place?
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Re: Afghanistan remains a dangerous place

Afghanistan is all about who controls the Poppy Fields.

We are talking mega bucks here.

Eradication of Poppy fields is quite frankly a load of bull and any talk about how this and that has been built is also hell and gone away from the main issue.

But hey dont take my word for it check out the UN office on drugs and crime web site and its all in black and white.

224,000 Hectares is devoted to growing Poppies.
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