Afghan military recruits dealing drugs to U.S. soldiers

The Taliban have financed their operations via drug sales for years, and there is probably a connection between them and these sales, since they are intent upon infiltrating the Afghan military — and given the many attacks on NATO personnel by Afghan soldiers, apparently they’ve been successful. In any case, it is understandable that American soldiers would turn to drug use, given the utter madness of our Afghan operation and the impossible rules of engagement under which they must labor, and this indicates yet again that our supposed allies in the Afghan military are actually anything but.

“Afghan military recruits found dealing drugs to US soldiers, Army documents show,” by Catherine Herridge for FoxNews.com, April 20 (thanks to Anne Crockett):

Afghan forces are being trained by the U.S. military to take over the mission by 2014, but new documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a request under the Freedom of Information Act show that some of the Afghan recruits stand accused of dealing drugs to U.S. soldiers.

“It’s really troubling that our troops are being placed in this situation where they’re under enough pressure as it is,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Fox News. “But evidently our allies there are acting as drug pushers in some ways.”

Fitton and his investigators found that between January 2010 and December 2011, the Army investigated 56 soldiers in Afghanistan for the possession, use or distribution of opiates. Heroin was cited 26 times.

A December 2011 report from Army Criminal Investigation Command shows that at one forward operation base the drugs hash, pot and heroin were purchased “from various Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police personnel.”

In another case, an Afghan interpreter sold various opiates to soldiers, and other drugs were also available. A CID report dated August 2010 said a soldier admitted to buying the painkiller “nalbin from a local national, while attempting to purchase steroids.”

In a separate report from February 2011, a specialist bought “heroin and xanax (an anti-anxiety drug) from local national juveniles at multiple locations on Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan.”…

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Comments

  1. says

    Maybe the soldiers are turning to drugs because, in Afghanistan, the US military forbids them to drink alcohol. The American soldiers have to comply with Sharia law. This war is unwinnable.

  2. says

    “I joined the army just t’ get morphine,” ‘Freeway Blues’ by Tim Buckley
    And a lot of young soldiers came back from Vietnam with drug habits, too.

    But to deal with this problem as well as hitting the Taliban’s source of income, burn the poppy fields! Simple.

  3. says

    My 96 year old father in law, no deceased, told me that during the early days of WW2, he was stationed in Panama…He said that he and buddies would buy a big bunch of pot wrapped up in a newspaper for a quarter…They would then go sit in a nice spot and smoke what they wanted, and left the rest there…We know drugs were popular with US troops in Nam, mostly Pot…and here again there is pot and hash trafficking…There are most likely far more pot smokers than heroine users…It’s entirely possible that these soldiers were familiar with smoking pot before they joined the military…At any rate it is not desirable, but it does seem to be common…

  4. says

    In Afghanistan, hashish is common like beer in Germany.

    Its everywhere, and so is Opium and Heroin.

    Yet another problem to deal with after our soldiers return from this wild goose chase.

  5. says

    The calls to mind the Vietnam heroin epidemic of 1970-71, when our Laotian and Vietnamese “allies” were growing opium, processing it into skag, smuggling it into RVN and moving it to US troops there. The skag trail was revealed in Alfred McCoy’s “The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia,” a 1972 book the CIA tried get its hoof on.