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United States of America, Chief Kingpin in the Afghanistan Heroin Trade?

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What we have is essentially a drug war in Afghanistan, and US forces are simply helping one side against the other.

Unbeknownst to American taxpayers, drug lords collaborate with the U.S. and Canadian officers on a daily basis.

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This collaboration and alliance was forged by American forces during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and has endured and grown ever since. The drug lords have been empowered through U.S. money and arms to consolidate their drug business at the expense of drug-dealing rivals in other tribes, forcing some of them into alliance with the Taliban.

In short, the war in Afghanistan is largely, if not entirely, between armies run by heroin merchants, some aligned with the Americans, others aligned with the Taliban. Even worse, the Taliban appear to be gaining the upper hand in this Mafiosa-style gang war, the origins of which are directly rooted in U.S. policy.

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U.S.-allied drug dealers are put in charge of the police and border patrol, while their rivals are placed on American hit lists.

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