1. The USA uses profits from heroin to pay for its presence in Afghanistan.
2. The USA set up the Taliban and it still hopes to make use of the Taliban.
3. The USA would like to use the Taliban to destabilise Central Asia.
4. The USA's eventual aim is to have military bases throughout Central Asia.
On 20 August 2009, www.russiatoday.com had an article entitled “Afghan drug trafficking brings US $50 billion a year”
In this article, the main points made by General Mahmut Gareev, a commander during Russia's time in Afghanistan, are as follows:
1. The profits from Afghan heroin are being used by the USA to pay for its Afghan campaign.
2. When General Gareev was in Afghanistan, in 1989 and 1990, the production of heroin almost ceased, apart from in certain areas.
3. Since then, it has increased by 44 per cent.
4. 80% of the world’s drugs are produced in Afghanistan.
5. The Americans themselves admit that drugs are often transported out of Afghanistan on American planes.
6. "Drug trafficking in Afghanistan brings them about 50 billion dollars a year – which fully covers the expenses tied to keeping their troops there."
7. The US military "don’t have any planned military action to eliminate the Mujahideen.
"Rather, they want to make the situation more unstable and help the Taliban to be more active.
"They even started negotiations with them, trying to direct them to the Central-Asian republics, to destabilize the whole region and set up their bases there."