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Iran’s Police Commander: Drug Production Multi-Folded after US Invasion of Afghanistan

Iranian Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari warned that production of different types of narcotics has grown much in Afghanistan since the US started war against the country in 2001.

“Cultivation of poppy and production of drugs have multi-folded in Afghanistan since the deployment of Americans,” General Ashtari told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.

He described Iran as a pioneering state in campaign against drug trafficking, and said, “We have declared our information and needs to the international organizations and I should say that we have not pinned hope on their aid.”

“We do not have hope that the international organizations can seriously confront” the cultivation and production of narcotics in Afghanistan, General Ashtari said.

Iran is in the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and thousands of Iranian police forces have been so far martyred to protect the world from the danger of drugs.

The Iranian anti-narcotic police have always staged periodic operations against drug traffickers and dealers, but the latest reports – which among others indicate an improved and systematic dissemination of information – reveal that the world’s most forefront and dedicated anti-narcotic force (as UN drug-campaign assessments put it) has embarked on a long-term countrywide plan to crack down on the drug trade since several years ago.

The Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

Afghan and western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying that allies have “overlooked” the drug problem since invading the country more than 18 years ago.

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