This book tells the story of how the heroin trade bankrolls the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Peters paints the Taliban as a large-scale criminal drug dealing operation – with attendant global money laundering sidelines – rather than an ideologically committed religious movement. Peters argues that what is needed is attacks on Afghanistan’s capacity for producing poppies and heroin and the Taliban’s control of that. With the US’s retreat from the country that, of course, has just got a whole lot harder, if not impossible.
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