As Afghan Opium Production Hits All-Time High, ISIS Makes Billions

March 13, 2015   |   Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl
March 13, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Since around 2003, when Afghanistan was raided by the US government, opium poppy cultivation and heroin production has risen exponentially. Prior to the US invasion, Afghanistan’s opium production had been nearly eradicated by the Taliban.

In 2014, reports concluded that Afghani opium/heroin production is at an all-time high.

The poppy fields, guarded by the US military at times, are the source of most of the world’s opiates.

These fields are the origin of most black tar heroin on the United States’ west coast,  and a heroin epidemic now going on in Russia that is having unforeseen consequences. Lack of funds for heroin is driving many Russians to Krokadil, an opiate that literally rots your flesh and causes your limbs to fall off (improperly made Desomorphine).

More info is coming out showing that ISIS has a source of funding through the opium trade, quite opposite of the practices of The Taliban. According to FSKN head Viktor Ivanov,

The area of poppy plantations is growing. This year, I think, we’ll hear news about a record-high poppy harvest, therefore a high yield of opium and heroin. So this issue should be raised not only in Moscow, but also in the UN in general, because this is a threat not only to our country, but also European security. Over the past five years the Balkan route has been split – heroin traffic now also goes through Iraqi territory.

He continued:

According to our estimates, IS makes up to $1 billion annually on Afghan heroin trafficked through its territory.

Selling Afghan heroin in Europe allegedly can earn ISIS around 50 billion dollars a year as well; half of Europe’s heroin allegedly now comes from ISIS.


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Author: Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in March of 2014. His topics of interest include thinking, creating a future, deep spirituality, and astrology. He resides in Sacramento, California.

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  1. What's the best way to destroy this particular problem? 'cuz, burning them could only make things even more problematic than it already is. How about freezing 'em by spraying large quantities of liquid nitrogen then run them over with trucks to shatter 'em?

    Or completely decimate the entire crop field with fuel-air bombs or underground nuclear explosion? That ought to be fun!!

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  2. how about stop cultivating it?

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  3. more like the usa is makeing tons of cash on it

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  4. Let's take a sober look at this article. "The poppy fields, guarded by the US military at times, are the source of most of the world’s opiates." <—- the source for this statement is a blog with a very bad reputation. Their conclusions are based solely on pictures taken of US solidiers with poppies around them. That in itself only confirms the fact that soldiers like to get other soldiers to take pictures of themselves amid poppies. Like tourists taking pictures of themselves in front of the Eiffel tower. It does not mean that they are guarding the poppy fields.

    "According to our estimates, IS makes up to $1 billion annually on Afghan heroin trafficked through its territory." <— this statement clearly says estimates. It might as well say guesstimates. To even suggest that a "group" that have broken with Al Qaeda are really controlling the heroin trade is ludicrous at best . Afghanistan is Taliban and Al Qaeda territory. Not ISIS territory.

    The whole article rests on faulty and flimsy "evidence" and its origin is from Russia. Propaganda and speculation combined with something that cannot even be called journalism.

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  5. Let's take a sober look at this article. "The poppy fields, guarded by the US military at times, are the source of most of the world’s opiates." <—- the source for this statement is a blog with a very bad reputation. Their conclusions are based solely on pictures taken of US solidiers with poppies around them. That in itself only confirms the fact that soldiers like to get other soldiers to take pictures of themselves amid poppies. Like tourists taking pictures of themselves in front of the Eiffel tower. It does not mean that they are guarding the poppy fields.

    "According to our estimates, IS makes up to $1 billion annually on Afghan heroin trafficked through its territory." <— this statement clearly says estimates. It might as well say guesstimates. To even suggest that a "group" that have broken with Al Qaeda are really controlling the heroin trade is ludicrous at best . Afghanistan is Taliban and Al Qaeda territory. Not ISIS territory.

    The whole article rests on faulty and flimsy "evidence" and its origin is from Russia. Propaganda and speculation combined with something that cannot even be called journalism.

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  6. You are wrong on all accounts, Raymond Johansen, and if you actually did some research instead of being lazy, you would know that the information in this article is correct. Adam Curtis even made a recent flick about this called "Bitter Lake" covering the history of Afghanistan, which included the building of dams and poppy seed cultivation. The British had an agreement with the American forces during the War in Afghanistan to guard the poppy fields. The people drove out the British after the British supported local war lords and police allied to the heroin traffickers. After the British left, American forces took over guarding the fields. The governors and the president of Afghanistan are allied with drug traffickers who sell opiates to American pharmaceutical companies as well as to illegal heroin rings all over the world. The local police forces (more like corrupt militias) who help protect and traffic the drugs are often allied with radical Islam, including members of ISIS. There is no telling how much ISIS makes from such trafficking enterprises, but it is probably well in excess of $1 billion according to CIA and DOD estimates.

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  7. Raymond, my son was in Afghanistan GUARDING poppy fields. Do the math, the taliban would set fires to these fields thats why the USA needed our military over there. I was told that the Afghan farms made more money growing poppy than food,follow the money and we have been over there for how long? and heroin has increased by 90%.

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  8. my origin is Russia? no, California. what is YOUR source for this 'Taliban Territory' concept? Researching what I alluded to is your responsibility. I sourced it.

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