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The Taleban's fight against opium production in Afghanistan was the "most effective" drug control policy of modern times says a newly released report. During the 1990s, Afghanistan was the main source of the world's illicit heroin supply which was largely due to the CIAs involvement in the Afghan Russian war.

A UK study has now found a Taliban crackdown on drugs led to global heroin production falling by two-thirds in 2001. Written by criminologist Professor Graham Farrell from Loughborough University and read by the BBC Professor Farrell, the report said the Taliban's methods were successful because of the manner in which the fight was implemented at a grassroots level. "It was a set of fairly simple techniques - the threat of eradication and the punishment of transgressors with fairly harsh punishments," he told the BBC's World. The study said the result was that poppy growing in Taliban-controlled areas almost ceased and that globally, the heroin supply fell by 65%. This proves that if governments really wanted to curtail the drug trade they could with harsher punishments and also justifies why the US were intent on invading the country well before 911.

It has long been known that the CIA are active in the global drug trade and it should come as no surprise that their opium channels inside the country have once again been reopened in an effort to pay for the war effort. In interviews with local opium farmers, we learned that the farmers are paid by warlords in US currency and that their operations are not only unchecked but encouraged. (JUS)