By Frank Shanty Ph.D.

The Nexus: foreign Terrorism and Drug Trafficking from Afghanistan addresses a subject matter that at once affects the customers for solution of the present insurgency in that country. Written via famous terrorism specialist Frank Shanty, the ebook explores the character and the level of involvement among overseas felony drug traffickers, fairly of substances originating from Afghanistan, and overseas terrorist networks with worldwide reach.Shanty dispels the myths and disinformation surrounding this vital—and controversial—question, while he arrives at his personal solutions. as well as providing a historic evaluation of the opium challenge in Afghanistan from the past due Nineteen Seventies to 2010, the booklet appears to be like at 3 specified phenomena. It examines the life, features, and behaviour of overseas terrorists working from Afghanistan, particularly the evolution and ascendancy of al-Qaeda and the Taliban and the character in their courting. It seems to be at Afghanistan's opium exchange relative to specific-actor involvement and, eventually, it analyzes allegations of a hyperlink among terrorists in Afghanistan and foreign drug criminals and the consequences of that connection.

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16 McCoy (2003, p. S. 17 In other words, the United States and its allies were totally committed to driving Soviet forces out of Afghanistan. The prevailing view was to create a military situation similar to what the United States experienced 24 The Nexus in Vietnam; if the “war on drugs” had to be superseded by this effort then so be it. From an economic perspective the Soviet invasion’s impact on the Afghan economy was catastrophic. Between five and six million people were displaced. Many of these people sought refuge in Pakistan and Iran and others sought refuge in safer parts of Afghanistan.

In labs in Turkey” (Babcock and Kotkin, 1980, p. A8). Bensinger ’s fears were apparently justified because four years later the New York Times reported that Pakistani suppliers were responsible for 80 percent of the heroin entering the East Coast of the United States (Vinocur, 1984, p. A2). 12 Additionally, the return of the Ayatollah Khomeini to head the government of Iran in February 1979 and the revolution in that country by Islamic fundamentalists sparked an initial increase in that country’s opium production.

The director of the Tajik drug control agency, General Rustam Nazarov, stated that in 2002 his agency confiscated over six tons of drugs of which three tons were heroin. Furthermore, he added that along the northern provinces of Afghanistan bordering his country there were approximately “50 mini-laboratories” processing heroin that would eventually find its way into Tajikistan and other “Central Asia regions” (Financial Times, January 20, 2003). 80 Hence, Afghanistan’s opium industry not only undermines its own reconstruction efforts, but the ongoing instability within the country, fueled in part by the continued expansion of the illicit drug trade, reaches across national borders promoting corruption within all levels of government (Roston, 2002, pp.

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