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They've been selling massive amounts of oil for years now & they've also been selling all kinds of other goods, from contraband & antiquities to people/slaves.
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: Brian4real
Yeah but that was long before ISIS was even created. In fact, the Taliban had completely shut down opiate production before 9/11 & it was the following Western invasion of Afghanistan that rekindled it.
The US in particular helped w/the opium production in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, literally having US troops protect the fields. The narrative was that the opium would help the local farmers get out of debt w/the Taliban, help the province's leadership be completely self sufficient (economically), and get closer w/its new western allies. This was part of the whole "win their hearts & mind" effort.
"Coincidentally", opium production was back to pre-Taliban levels only a few years after the invasion & occupation began. This was years before ISIS's original faction was created.
The first American narcotics experts to go to Afghanistan under Taliban rule have concluded that the movement's ban on opium-poppy cultivation appears to have wiped out the world's largest crop in less than a year, officials said today.
The American findings confirm earlier reports from the United Nations drug control program that Afghanistan, which supplied about three-quarters of the world's opium and most of the heroin reaching Europe, had ended poppy planting in one season.
But the eradication of poppies has come at a terrible cost to farming families, and experts say it will not be known until the fall planting season begins whether the Taliban can continue to enforce it.
But this year things are different. In a development that has gone unnoticed and unrewarded by the international community, Afghanistan's fundamentalist Taliban rulers have dramatically ended the country's massive opium trade, The Observer can reveal - a move that has also plunged Hadda's farmers into despondency and debt.
Western sources in Kabul yesterday confirmed poppy production in Afghanistan had virtually ceased. This follows an edict issued last year by the Taliban's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, declaring opium to be un-Islamic.
Until 2000, Afghanistan was the world's main producer of opium poppies -- not any more, after its interim leader issued a decree banning its production.
The ban comes after Pakistani drug agents intercepted one of the largest seizures of Afghan heroin exiting the country.
Hamid Karzai's decree may have renewed a ban issued by the former Taliban leadership in 2000, yet the U.N. drugs body less than a month ago reported that poppy cultivation had resumed and was extensive among desperate farmer families.
Then in late 1999/2000, they changed their mind and brought in a new ban, a very comprehensive ban and cultivation crashed by 90 percent. This was arguably the largest policy-driven reduction of any cultivation anywhere in the world, [but also severely depressed economic prospects in the country].
Why did the Taliban decide to ban poppy again in 1999/2000?
While they controlled much of Afghanistan at the time, no international governments except Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan recognized them. But they really wanted international recognition.
Throughout the 1990s, the U.N. had told them to eradicate opium, so they essentially banked on the idea that if they suppressed cultivation, they would then get international recognition as the official government in Afghanistan and a seat at the U.N.
The ban worked because the population at this point was totally intimidated by them, and the government had promised they would reap economic goodies from the international community to offset the losses. But these goodies never materialized, and a few months down the road, you had massive economic catastrophe happening in Afghanistan — drops of income by 95 percent, starvation conditions, huge debt for many people, and in some instances, even “opium brides,” young girls given to money lenders when their families could not replay loans.
Turkish police have found an illegal mint that was making currency for the self-declared Islamic State caliphate.
Pressing equipment and boxes full of newly minted coins were seized in the raid yesterday morning in the southeastern city of Gaziantep. Six foreign nationals were arrested.
The currency, which Isis has declared as the only legal tender in its territory, was due to be smuggled over the border into Syria. The terror group controls a 50-mile stretch of the border to the southeast of Gaziantep to smuggle fighters, weapons and oil in and out of the country.
Isis first revealed its new currency — gold dinars, silver dirhams and copper fulus — in August in a promotional video. The group said that it was part of its plan for
Turkish authorities have seized an illegal mint making currency for Isis.
Pressing equipment and dozens of newly minted coins were seized by police in the southeastern city of Gaziantep near the border with Syria during a raid on Wednesday morning.
Six foreign nationals were arrested and have been remanded in custody, The Times reports.
Isis currently controls a 50-mile stretch along the Turkish-Syrian border to the south of the city and the currency has been declared the only legal tender in its territory.
The terrorist group first revealed their new currency in a propaganda video in August.
They said it was part of plan to undermine "America’s capitalist financial system of enslavery."
Yet despite the group having made such claims since November last year, it still pays its footmen in US dollars, receives funding from selling oil fields it controls in dollars, and accepts extorted taxation and hostage money in dollars.
Only the most expensive models would even come close to achieving the strikes and volume seen on these new releases, and I assume that type of machinery would have some kind of export/import restrictions