The percentage of the world’s opium poppies grown in Afghanistan last year, according to the U.S. government’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. Poppy production soared in the southern provinces, where Taliban-led insurgents use drug trafficking to finance their operations. Poppy cultivation is declining in poorer, but more secure, northern and central provinces.
By Brian A. Jackson et al; Reviewed by Paul D. Barnard, CPP, CISM
The United States and other nations continually deploy new tactics and techniques to combat terrorists and disrupt their operations. The enemy, however, has responded to counterterrorism efforts with their own countermeasures and counter- countermeasures.