I'm making this open thread because so much has come out this week about Afghanistan and now Pakistan. Topics for discussion after the break include record opium production, the losing war effort in Afghanistan and the new alliance between Pakistan and Osama.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's world-leading opium cultivation rose a "staggering" 59% this year, the U.N. anti-drugs chief announced Saturday in urging the government to crack down on big traffickers and remove corrupt officials and police.
The record crop yielded 6,100 tons of opium, or enough to make 610 tons of heroin — outstripping the demand of the world's heroin users by a third, according to U.N. figures.
A, help me out, when supply outstrips demand, what happens to cost? So, the price of heroin is going down? When heroine hits the streets for prices lower than crank or crack, I hope the Republican parents of these addicted kids remember who is responsible.
KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO's commander here has set a six-month deadline to reverse a Taliban insurgency terrorizing southern Afghanistan or risk alienating Afghans undecided about whom to support.
British army Lt. Gen. David Richards said his troops must prove to Afghans in the south that the fundamentalist Islamic militia won't be able to undermine the democratically elected Afghan government or stop efforts to rebuild the shattered country.
Soooo, if we don't win the war in the next six months, then Afghanistan is lost to us for good. Gosh, if only we had 150K troops to spare for the War on Terror instead of the War for Bush.
MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan Pakistan's government and pro-Taliban militants near the Afghan border have signed a truce aimed at ending five years of violent unrest.
The deal demands that militants halt attacks on Pakistani forces in the semiautonomous North Waziristan (vah-ZEER'-ih-stahn) region and stop them from crossing into eastern Afghanistan to attack U-S and Afghan forces hunting al-Qaida and Taliban remnants.
Senior army officers and militants hugged and congratulated each other after signing the agreement.
Many of the tribesmen are believed allied to the Taliban and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. The terror leader is believed hiding in the porous border region.
Pakistan is on Osama's side. Enough said.