Sunday, 2 October 2016

It’s the Heroin, Stupid

Afghanistan; It’s the Heroin, Stupid

Hekmatyar has been in hiding for almost two decades now - since 1997. He has not yet returned to Kabul. In 2002, in Kunar province in Afghanistan, I was trying to track him – as well as Osama bin Laden – with my Peshawar fixer, and we kept running into US Marines asking us for information. After Osama disappeared, Hekmatyar quickly became the number one dead or alive Bush II target in Afghanistan, branded as a global terrorist by Washington and blacklisted by the UN in 2003.

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