By Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 16, 2020 The Taliban’s burgeoning financial might could make the militant group immune to pressure from the international community as it negotiates a role in postwar Afghanistan, according to a confidential report commissioned by NATO and obtained by RFE/RL. The Taliban “has achieved, or is close to achieving,
VOA News: Afghan government said Saturday that it has taken necessary measures to curb the use of drugs in the police forces amid a newly published report by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction saying that half of the police forces in the southern provinces used drugs.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 20, 2020 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says that “all barriers and excuses have been removed” ahead of expected peace talks between the government in Kabul and the Taliban militants. In a televised message to Afghan security forces on August 20, Ghani said his government had “met all conditions for a
1TV: The United States is considering to release Bashir Noorzai, an Afghan heroin kingpin, who is imprisoned since 2005, it has been reported. Noorzai was given a life sentence in 2009 after being convicted of conspiring to import heroin into the US and conspiring to distribute it. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: In Afghanistan’s Badakhshan Province, more children are working in the poppy fields and selling opium after schools were shut because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CoinDesk: Blockchain startup Fantom has been given the green light to start tracking medicinal drugs in Afghanistan to help stem the country’s counterfeiting problem. After a signing ceremony with the Afghan Ministry of Health and several pharmaceutical distributors last month, the startup has unveiled details of its Smart Medicine pilot project. The project aims to
1TV: A top Russian diplomat has accused US intelligence officers of involvement in trafficking of drug from Afghanistan. “Those wonderful US intelligence officers, who accuse us of different things, are involved in drug trafficking. Their planes from Kandahar, from Bagram [airfield near Kabul] are flying wherever they want to – to Germany, to Romania –
Ariana: Twenty-eight Coronavirus patients have died in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health said in a statement. Meanwhile, 319 new confirmed cases have been registered in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry said that the total affected people reached to 31,836 in Afghanistan. Click here to read more (external link). Related
Al Jazeera: Nine people were killed last week by unknown gunmen in Afghan capital but residents deny they were drug addicts. The media reports of the slayings of drug addicts by unknown gunmen led to a litany of rumours and conspiracies across the city. Some Kabulis feared that the men may have been connected to
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 16, 2020 Gunmen have shot dead nine homeless drug users in the Afghan capital, officials said on February 16. The incident took place late on February 15 in a cave on the outskirts of Kabul near the Koh-e Qurugh mountain, police spokesman Faramarz Tamanna told dpa. One addict was found