John F. Sopko, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says that winning the war against the Taliban is impossible without elimination of narcotics in Afghanistan.
He sees elimination of narcotics in the country as an urgent need and further stresses that the drug traffic and trade form 60 percent of Taliban’s revenue.
Meanwhile, Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. Commander of the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan states that the Taliban generates $200 million revenue through its drug traffic and trade in the country.
Drug trafficking and narcotics are said to fuel the core of Taliban war against Afghan and international security forces, making them as undefeatable militants in the country according to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)’s latest findings.
“Until destroying the financial resources of the Taliban, we will not win the current war against the Taliban. Gen. John Nicholson also clearly indicated that drug trafficking and narcotics form 60 percent of Taliban revenue. I think that if you want to win over the Taliban, you primarily have to act against drugs and narcotics,” Said John F. Sopko, the U.S Inspector General in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, Gen. John Nicholson, the Commander of the Resolute Support mission in the country reiterates that Taliban’s income through the illegal trade of drug is more than their war expenses and the leader of the group are fighting just for the lucrative illegal trade.
Afghan U.S. backed forces had started bombing the Taliban drug labs few days ago and have yet destroyed many drug factories of the militant group mainly in the southern Helmand province.