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Drug Trafficking In Afghanistan

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Mission San Jose High School

Drug Trafficking in Afghanistan

Britney Hu
AP Human Geography
Mr. Jeffers
3/5/18
Drug Trafficking in Afghanistan Afghanistan is one of the largest producers of opium and heroin in the world. Most of the heroin they produce goes to Europe, the middle east, and Africa, fueling addictions and death tolls. To make matters worse, the money that is made from heroin production and distribution goes to the Taliban. When looking at the development of a country, it is necessary to examine the factors preventing its progression. Drug trafficking in Afghanistan has created a collateral effect that will not only prevent development in Afghanistan, but the world.
Drug trafficking in Afghanistan has enormous detrimental
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The Taliban is a group of fundamentalist Sunni extremists who came into power after the Afghan war and controlled most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. They implemented an austere version of the Sharia (Islamic law) which has been notorious for oppressing women and its extreme punishments. They introduced public executions and amputations to convicted murderers, thieves, and other criminals. Women were required to wear burqas which cover their entire face and body. Women are also deprived of basic human needs like health care, education, and entertainment. Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban produced one of the worst human rights records in the world. They were involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack in the U.S. which triggered the war in Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan has costed both the U.S. and Afghanistan billions of dollars and thousands of lives. If the war goes on, more lives of troops and civilians will be lost, and if the Taliban win the war, they will resume their oppressive rein in Afghanistan. Why has the war gone on for so long? The answer is drug trafficking. Drug trafficking not only produces heroin addicts, but it also funds the Taliban. The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, claims that without the problem of drug trafficking, the war in Afghanistan would have been long over. The Taliban is involved in every level of the heroin production and distribution, and it…show more content…
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