Setting the Record Straight on Eradication in Helmand
May 23, 2012Posted by Ryan Evans
There is a robust poppy eradication in Helmand and it is the single most destructive and predatory thing being done to the population.
Both the US and Britain would be well-served by an honest assessment of our collective shortcomings in addressing the scourge of poppy farming and the opium trade in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. As a U.S. Army civilian employee, I worked in Helmand alongside British troops in 2010-11 and am one of a small number of people who has conducted field research to assess the impact of counter-narcotics programs on the population in Helmand. Unfortunately, Sean Rayment's article in the Telegraph – 'Why Britain's pledge to end Afghanistan's deadly heroin trade has failed' – is riddled with factual inaccuracies and a dated view of counter-narcotics policies and programs in Afghanistan.
Read more at Kings of War.The views expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Center for National Policy.
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