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Afghanistan is enriched with a variety of minerals and in a positive step for the country, three bidders were recently granted key copper and gold permits. Read more >> http://goo.gl/ewd2s

PHOTO: Balkhab Copper Mine. (Photo: USGS)

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http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/business/Industry/article1147381.e ce

SAS man hunts Afghan gold
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WHO digs wins. A former SAS officer who fought in Afghanistan has been recruited to run a company that will mine for gold in the war-torn nation.

Centar was founded by Ian Hannam, the former JP Morgan Cazenove rainmaker who was fined by the Financial Services Authority over market abuse allegations earlier this year and forced to step down from the bank.

He has brought together billionaires and prominent businessmen to back the venture, including Jan Kulczyk, Poland’s richest man, and Chip Goodyear, former chief executive of BHP Billiton, the world’s largest miner. They have put $40m (£25m) into the company so far.

Richard Williams, former commanding officer of 22nd SAS Regiment, which was sent into Helmand province weeks after the September 11 attacks in 2001, To see the full article you need to subscribe



Afghan gold being chased by ex-special forces entrepreneurs

http://www.mineweb.com/mineweb/content/en/mineweb-gold-news?oid=160245 &sn=Detail
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Two former SAS members are spearheading an operation to mine gold in northern Afghanistan and kick start development of the war-torn country's huge mineral inventory.
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Pentagon: Afghanistan may have $1 trillion undeveloped mineral wealth
DOD, USGS unveil latest revolutionary Afghanistan strategic initiative--mining

Author: Lawrence Williams
Posted: Tuesday , 16 Oct 2012

LONDON (Mineweb) -

Two former members of the UK's SAS, the highly regarded British army special forces unit, are nowadays closely involved in exploring for, and mining, gold in Afghanistan. Perhaps it is this type of military experience that is necessary in developing the mineral resources of such a potentially hostile, geographically and politically, area of the world.

The first of the ex-SAS men is investment banker Ian Hannam, a renowned dealmaker formerly with JP Morgan Chase and, in his time, intimately associated with such mega deals as the merger of BHP and Billiton, the original launch of Xstrata, and in many of its mergers and acquisitions since and the formation of Kazkhmys, all in the resource sector. Hannam was drawn in, enthusiastically, to the prospect of helping develop Afghanistan's mineral wealth, initially by the U.S. state department which was keen to help promote foreign investment in the country.

U.S. studies, drawing heavily on previous Soviet geological findings, had come up with Afghan mineral resources which could be worth in excess of $1 trillion and including copper, iron ore, gold, huge deposits of lithium, rare earths and others (see Mineweb articles Pentagon: Afghanistan may have $1 trillion undeveloped mineral wealth, and DOD, USGS unveil latest revolutionary Afghanistan strategic initiative--mining). U.S. government entities - notably within the military, were keen to find some means of developing the Afghan economy and it was a chance meeting in Baghdad between Hannam and Paul Brinkley, then U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense charged with business development stability in the former war areas of Iraq and Afghanistan, which set Hannam on the Afghan mining path.

To cut a long story short, Hannam teamed up with an English-educated Afghan, Sadat Naderi, whose family had long-owned a small artisanal gold mining operation around 60 miles north of Kabul at Qara Zaghan. The gold operation had potential to be far larger, but Naderi had neither the expertise, nor the capital to develop it. Hannam set up a company, Centar plc, to invest in Naderi's company Afghan Gold and Minerals and apparently holds 45% and has brought in a number of prominent investors, chief among which is Jan Kulczyk, reputed to be Poland's richest man, Peter Hambro and Chip Goodyear (former CEO of BHP Billiton). Kulczyk's company, Kulczyk Investments, owns 28% of Centar (Kulczyk is chairman of the company) and notes the latter's activities as follows:

Centar's first investment in Afghanistan is a 45% share in Afghan Gold & Minerals Co, the first Afghan exploration and production company with international shareholding. The Afghan Gold & Minerals portfolio includes: A 100% interest in the Qara Zaghan Gold Project in northern Afghanistan. Bulk sampling has started at the project site; A 50% interest in a joint venture with a Turkish company Yildizlar, the largest silver producer in Turkey, which intends to develop the Badakshan gold and silver deposit in north-east Afghanistan; A 100% interest in an Afghan company providing specialized mining services; A 100% interest in an Afghan company providing laboratory and assay services.

Interestingly the services companies noted above have been set up to explore and service the Afghan properties and others in the country - they imported the first modern exploration drill rig into Afghanistan, and are providing assay services for Qara Zaghan and other Afghan mineral properties as there had previously been no local assaying facilities.

It is at this point the second SAS man in the team comes in. He is Richard Williams, who was a former regiment commander with the SAS in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a long-time friend of Hannam's. He has been appointed CEO of Afghan Gold and Minerals and has been tasked with bringing the Afghan operations into production.

According to reports, the logistics of getting to Qara Zaghan from Kabul are, to say the least, challenging, particularly in the winter months as it involves traversing the notorious Salang Pass at an altitude of 11,000 ft. But to an extent that is one of the appeals of the project. It is isolated and difficult for even the Taliban to get to. Gold concentrates would be airlifted out by helicopter avoiding the possibility of gold shipments being ambushed in a country where banditry can be rife, let alone the Taliban.

However, in commenting to the U.K.'s Sunday Times, Hannam makes light on the dangers involved and reckons that mining in Afghanistan is statistically no more risky than working in Nigeria.

A small but potentially profitable gold mining operation is seen as ideal for kick starting an Afghan mining industry in that the right deposit can be mined without huge capital investment. It is also seen as important that a locally owned and controlled company like Afghan Gold and Minerals should take the lead. If a small operator can be seen as successful then, the theory goes, the larger players will come in to exploit the country's undoubted mineral riches.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaida_Copper_Mine
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The deadline for submission of bids for the Shaida mineral tender was 6 August 2012. The Ministry of Mines of Afghanistan announced that on 26 November 2012, preferred bidder were selected to undertake the exploration and subsequent exploitation of Shaida Copper Mine. The selection of the preferred bidder for the mine follows an extensive process since launch in December 2011, which has been supported by transaction advisers and transparency advisers to the Ministry. The tender process for the Project is expected to culminate in the granting of an exploration license and, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, will lead to the granting of the requisite exploitation license.

Afghan Minerals Group (AMG) was chosen as the preferred bidder whilst Silk Road Mining & Development was chosen as the reserve bidder. AMG has four shareholders:

Supreme Group B.V. (67%) – a major provider of logistics, supply chain and associated service solutions in the world’s most remote and challenging regions, with more than 8,500 employees worldwide and group turnover of US$6 billion in 2011.

UB Investments LLC, , owned by the Khwaja family (11%) - represents multiple businesses including leading brands such as Black & Decker, Dewalt, D-Link, Ricoh, Sharp, Sony, Hyundai Automobiles and Fed Ex, owns production and storage facilities in Afghanistan and has more than 1,000 employees in Afghanistan.

Marco Polo Holdings Ltd, owned by the Gulzar family (11%) - holds distributorships of several brand names including Kraft, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Philip Morris, and Toyota in Afghanistan. He also invested in a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Afghanistan.

SAK Group FZCO, owned by Mr Haji ObaidullahSaderKhail (11%) - trades in basic food commodities and also fuel and transportation solutions.

AMG's technical team includes Ken Haddow and David Cliff, both ex-Rio Tinto executives, and AMG have contracted Kazakhstan Minerals Company (KMC) to design and undertake their exploration and development programmes. KMC is an exploration contractor with operations throughout Russia and CIS states. KMC holds a strategic partnership with Iskander and together have a large number of drill rigs at their disposal.

A consortium of six Indian companies, which includes four state-run companies (Hindustan Copper, Steel Authority of India Ltd, National Aluminium Co. and Mineral Exploration Corp) and two from private sector( Monnet Ispat & Energy Ltd and Jindal Steel & Power Ltd), had bid for the Shaida project. SAIL leaded the consortium with 26 per cent stake followed by Hindustan Copper. This bid comes in after three of the four blocks of mining rights of Hajigak iron deposits, were awarded to AFISCO (Afghan Iron and Steel Consortium), a consortium led by the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) in November 2011. The Indian preference for the Shaida project appears to be due to its location and planned connectivity. The Indian consortium was looking at this rail link to move the mined copper ore to the Iranian port of Chabahar; bypassing its reliance on Pakistan. On 26 August 2012, Deputy Foreign Ministers of India, Afghanistan and Iran met ahead of NAM Summit in Tehran to discuss the utilization of Iran’s Chabahar port by the Indian consortium bidding for Shaida Copper mine. The under-construction rail link to Herat would pass some 12 kilometers from the Shaida copper mine.

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http://mom.gov.af/en/announcement/15333

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PREFERRED BIDDER FOR CURRENT MINERAL TENDERS

6 December 2012



The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, through the Ministry of Mines of Afghanistan (the “Ministry”), is pleased to announce that on 26 November 2012, preferred bidders were selected to undertake the exploration and subsequent exploitation of three of the four current mineral tenders.

The selection of the preferred bidder for each of Badakhshan, Balkhab and Shaida follows an extensive process since launch in December 2011, which has been supported by transaction advisers and transparency advisers to the Ministry. The preferred bidder for Zarkashan will be announced shortly.

Summary of preferred bidders announced for current mineral tenders:

Project


Preferred Bidder


Province


Mineral Type


Deposit Type


Exploration Licence Area(s)

Balkhab


Afghan Gold and Minerals Company (AGMC)


Sar-I-Pul and Balkh


Copper


VMS


210 km2 and 247km2

Shaida


Afghan Minerals Group (AMG)


Herat


Copper


Porphyry


250km2

Badakhshan


Turkish-Afghan Mining Company (TAMC)


Badakhshan


Gold


Quartz-vein


4 x 250km2




Commenting on today’s announcement, His Excellency Wahidullah Shahrani, Minister of Mines, said:

“We are very pleased to announce that following a competitive tender process, we have chosen Afghan Gold and Minerals Company, Afghan Minerals Group, and Turkish-Afghan Mining Company as preferred bidders to explore and begin to develop the Balkhab, Shaida and Badakhshan projects respectively.

“We welcome the preferred bidders to the resources sector of Afghanistan. We look forward to finalizing mining agreements with them. They will then deliver their work program at each project and use the experience they have gained in other regions to make meaningful contributions to the development of our resources sector. We expect this in turn will help create long term prosperity for the people of Afghanistan.”

The tender process for each Project is expected to culminate in the granting of an exploration license and, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, will lead to the granting of the requisite exploitation license. Canaccord Genuity, SRK Consulting and Mayer Brown are acting as transaction advisers. The Marx Group is acting as transparency advisers. The tenders were designed as transparent, standards-based, competitive bidding processes to result in the selection of the best qualified bidder for each Project.

Further information on the tender processes is available on the Ministry of Mines’website (www.mom.gov.af or www.afghanmineraltenders.com). These include more detailed information on each Project and on infrastructure which is in proximity to the Projects.



Media Enquires:

Pelham Bell Pottinger +44 (0)20 7861 3232

Notes to Editors

Preferred bidders and reserve bidders were selected for the three current mineral tenders. Reserve bidders are as follows:

Project


Reserve Bidder

Balkhab


Silk Road Mining

Shaida


Silk Road Mining

Badakhshan


CAPG Ltd.


About the preferred bidders:



AGMC

Afghan Gold and Minerals Company (AGMC) is an Afghan company, registered in Kabul. It has established a comprehensive operating base in Afghanistan over the last 18 months with a full range of mining capabilities and services, including the establishment of a drilling company and a laboratory services company, both of which are fully operational today. It is 51% owned by Afghan Krystal (owned by an Afghan businessman) and 49% owned by Afghan Gold Holdings (Guernsey). Shareholders in Afghan Gold Holdings, created by the investment company CENTAR, include several prominent global business leaders (such as the ex-CEO of BHP Billiton, the largest mining company in the world), several global mining funds and Kulczyk Investments of Poland.

AGMC's technical management team hold in excess of 150 years of relevant experience and are actively engaged in resource exploration across Afghanistan and within the QaraZaghan gold licence in particular are proactively developing an indigenous Afghan mining capability.



AMG

AMG has four shareholders: (i) Supreme Group B.V. (67%) – a major provider of logistics, supply chain and associated service solutions in the world’s most remote and challenging regions, with more than 8,500 employees worldwide and group turnover of US$6 billion in 2011; (ii) UB Investments LLC, , owned by the Khwaja family (11%) - represents multiple businesses including leading brands such as Black & Decker, Dewalt, D-Link, Ricoh, Sharp, Sony, Hyundai Automobiles and Fed Ex, owns production and storage facilities in Afghanistan and has more than 1,000 employees in Afghanistan; (iii) Marco Polo Holdings Ltd, owned by the Gulzar family (11%) - holds distributorships of several brand names including Kraft, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Philip Morris, and Toyota in Afghanistan. He also invested in a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Afghanistan; and (iv) SAK Group FZCO, owned by Mr Haji ObaidullahSaderKhail (11%) - trades in basic food commodities and also fuel and transportation solutions.

AMG's technical team includes Ken Haddow and David Cliff, both ex-Rio Tinto executives, and AMG have contracted Kazakhstan Minerals Company (KMC) to design and undertake their exploration and development programmes. KMC is an exploration contractor with operations throughout Russia and CIS states. KMC holds a strategic partnership with Iskander and together have a large number of drill rigs at their disposal.



TAMC

TAMC is a Kabul registered, Turkish-led Limited Liability Corporation (Afghanistan AISA Licence 1-11885). TAMC exists as a partnership between EtiGümüs (51%) and Afghan Gold and Minerals Company (49%). EtiGümüs is a Gold, Silver and Copper mining company with 10,000 employees (204 geologists and 241 mining engineers). EtiGümüs is 71% owned by Yildlizlar SSS Holdings of Turkey, an industrial conglomerate which is the largest mining company in Turkey and the 16th largest silver producer in the world (World Silver Survey 2011). It has 65 mines in operation. AGMC operates the QaraZaghan project in Baghlan Province, Afghanistan.



Balkhab

Balkhab is located in the Sar-I-Pul and Balkh Provinces in north central Afghanistan, approximately 130 km south-southwest of Mazar-i-Sharif (population c. 300,000), the capital of Balkh province. There is evidence of mineral extraction activities at Balkhab going back almost 3,000 years, likely to have been through mining of copper via surface and underground workings.

Exploration was conducted during 1966-1972, consisting of mapping, trench and surface grab sampling and analysis. Recent work on the Balkhab copper prospect was initiated by the AGS, at the request of villagers in the region. A reconnaissance sampling mission was carried out in 2008 by the Ministry of Mines.

Road access to the site is from Mazar-i-Sharif, and the area has the potential to benefit from the proposed rail link connecting Afghanistan to Pakistan. The Chaman-Kandahar-Logar province line is proposed to pass about 150km from the Project. The closest power source identified is at Mazar-i-Sharif which is connected to the North East Power System main isolated grid. The main water source for the project is the significant stream, Rode Balkhab, which bisects the licence area.



Shaida

Shaida is situated in the western region of Afghanistan in the Adraskan District of the Herat province, 65km SSW of the city of Herat (population c. 398,000) and 50km SSW of Gozareh (population c. 125,000). It is anticipated that Gozareh will act as the logistics city for Shaida.

Shaida’smineralisation has been described as a possible porphyry copper deposit. During the Soviet exploration in 1971 to 1972, several continuous drilled intervals of mineralisation were identified, with copper grades between 0.10 to 0.80% in drilled intervals ranging from 0.80 to 17.95m. Cross sections of drilling at the Shaida prospect show layered quartz plagioclase porphyry, quartz keratophyre and aleuropelites (siltstone or mudstone) interbedded with volcanic layers.

Additional work was carried out by USGS in 2005 including airborne surveys, hyperspectral surveys and analysis, and the compilation of prior data into a GIS database. The USGS reports that in the larger USGS defined Dusar-Shaida Area of Interest, there has been some mining. However, there is no known historic production from the Shaidalicence area.

Herat Airport (which will become an international airport in 2012) is close to Gozareh and there is also a railroad terminus station planned at Gozareh as part of the Afghanistan Railway Development Scheme.



Badakhshan

Badakshan is situated in mountainous terrain in northern Afghanistan in Badakhshan Province, the location benefits from three international borders: Tajikistan to its north, China to its east, and Pakistan to the south. Badakshan is located 360km north of Kabul and about 50km north of the provincial capital city Fayzabad (population: c. 50,000 people).

Detailed work was conducted by the joint Soviet/Afghan reconnaissance geological programme in the region in the 1960’s. The work was primarily carried out on the VekaDur and Rishab gold prospects, including trench and adit sampling. VekaDur is the largest and most studied of the known gold-bearing quartz veins systems in the region. Many of the main drainages for the regions were sampled for placer gold by means of panned concentrates performed in the field. Several mapped areas show alluvial deposits that were trenched, and samples for which panned concentrates were developed and the gold content noted. Russian C1 + C2 Reserves for both VekaDur and other quartz veins occurrences, define 38.7Koz at 4.8g/t Au based on trench and adit sampling.

It is understood that the national grid will be expanded to Fayzabad in the future. There is an ample supply of water from the regional watersheds on the project area.





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AGMC Set to Become Largest Mining Co in Afghanistan (AGMC)
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AGMC Set to Become Largest Mining Co in Afghanistan Says Chairman
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By Alex MacDonald LONDON--Afghan Gold and Minerals Company Ltd. is set to become Afghanistan's largest mining company after securing seven exploration licenses following the government's latest tender to develop copper and gold projects in the war-torn country. Last week, Afghanistan's ministry of mines announced that AGMC was the preferred bidder for two out of four gold and copper projects that were tendered. Afghanistan has been seeking to turn a page in recent years and create sustainable economic growth by developing its vast mineral wealth, which includes oil, copper, gold and iron ore, a key product used in steelmaking. AGMC won the tender to develop the Balkhab copper project in north central Afghanistan, while its joint venture, the Turkish-Afghan Mining Company, won the tender to develop the Badakhshan gold project in the mountainous terrain in northern Afghanistan. AGMC is already developing a gold project in the Baghlan province of Afghanistan that is close to production. The results of last week's tender "would probably make us the largest [mining group in Afghanistan] holding seven licenses in three locations," said Sadat Naderi, AGMC's chairman in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires. Afghan Gold and Minerals Company was established about three years ago by a consortium involving 19 investors, said Mr. Naderi, an Afghanistan entrepreneur who received the U.S. government's "Peace through Commerce" award this year and who has businesses ranging from insurance to supermarkets. AGMC is 51%-owned by Mr. Naderi through Afghan Krystal and 49%-owned by Afghan Gold Holdings, a company created by Guernsey-registered investment company CENTAR which includes several prominent businessmen including former JP Morgan & Chase Co. (JPM) mining investment banker Ian Hannam, former CEO of mining titan BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP) Chip Goodyear and Poland's richest man according to Forbes, Jan Kulczyk. AGMC already provides a series of mining services on the ground, including a drilling company and a laboratory services company in Afghanistan, Mr. Naderi said, and expects to start production at the roughly $1 billion Balkhab copper project as early as 2014. The Badakshan copper project, which is being developed through the Turkish-Afghan Mining Company, or TAMC, could begin production in 2013, he added. TAMC is 51%-owned by Eti Gumus, a Turkey-based gold silver and copper mining company with 10,000 employees, including 204 geologists and 241 mining engineers, and AGMC with a 49% stake in TAMC. The Afghanistan government also awarded the development of the Shaida copper project to Afghan Minerals Group, which is 67%-owned by the Supreme Group BV, a major provider of logistics and supply chain management with $6 billion in sales in 2011 and the remainder owned by local Afghanistan businessmen.

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hmmm - this is what it's all about - and impossible in a democratic Afghanistan

The UK goes after a piece of the Afghan $1 trillion mining pie
Cecilia Jamasmie | March 7, 2013
http://www.mining.com/the-uk-goes-after-a-piece-of-the-afghan-1-trilli on-mining-pie-49774/
The UK government decided Wednesday to get a foot on the door to Afghanistan’s $1 trillion of untapped mineral wealth, by providing a three-year, $15 million (£10m) plan to back mining and oil and gas projects in the country.
Estimations from World Bank officials, reports Financial Times (subs. required), indicate the potential financial benefits from mining and oil deposits are more than alluring.
According to the newspaper’s sources, the likely royalties and taxes that could be generated in the Asian country could reach $3 trillion. They thins the income will be key to establishing financial stability in the Asian country following the withdrawal of NATO troops in late 2014.
Afghanistan’s mineral wealth is so vast that an internal Pentagon memo from 2010 —when most of the mineral and oil reserves were discovered— stated the country was posed to become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key element in the manufacture of high tech devices.
However, a mining law to attract foreign investment was recently rejected as it was considered “too generous” to Western commercial interests.
The lack of such regulations is jeopardizing several projects, such as the multi-billion dollar contract awarded to a consortium of Indian companies led by SAIL in 2011.
The group was set to mine the huge Hajigak iron ore deposit, considered one of the largest such deposits in the world at 1.8 billion tonnes.
Despite the setbacks, the Afghan government opened bids last year for vast copper and gold deposit, granting three licenses in early December to a consortium backed by City of London banker Ian Hannam, former BHP Billiton CEO Chip Goodyear and Poland’s multibillionaire Jan Kulczyk.
China has also moved to acquire mining interests in Afghanistan with state-owned Metallurgical Corp’s successful $3.4 billion bid to build a copper mine – and a $6 billion railway to go with it – that should enter production in 2014.
http://www.mining.com/the-uk-goes-after-a-piece-of-the-afghan-1-trilli on-mining-pie-49774/

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'1 million died' from Afghan heroin, drug production '40 times higher' since NATO op
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Heroin production in Afghanistan increased 40 times since NATO began its ‘War on Terror’ in 2001, the head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service stated, adding that more than 1million people have died from Afghan heroin since then.
“Afghan heroin has killed more than 1 million people worldwide since the ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ began and over a trillion dollars has been invested into transnational organized crime from drug sales,” Viktor Ivanov said at the conference on the drug situation in Afghanistan.
Ivanov stressed that the main factor of instability in the war-torn country remains the prosperous heroin industry.
"Any impartial observer must admit the sad fact that the international community has failed to curb heroin production in Afghanistan since the start of NATO’s operation.”
According to his presentation at UN’s 56th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna on March 11, opium growth has increased by 18 per cent from 131,000 hectares to 154,000.
As the situation in Afghanistan changed with NATO withdrawing its troops, Russia along with Afghanistan and the international community must face the new reality and develop an efficient strategy to deal with the heroin problem, explained Ivanov.
Opium production has been central to Afghanistan’s economy ever since US and NATO forces invaded in October 2001. Just before the invasion Taliban had implemented a ban on poppy growing, declaring it to be anti-Islam, which lowered the overall production. But after the West’s involvement, production resumed and now the country produces some 90 per cent of the world’s opium, the great bulk of which ends up on the streets of Europe and Russia.


Image from Viktor Ivanov's presentation to UN’s 56th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna (March 2013)

US and NATO officials have been stuck in a Catch-22 fight against Afghan opium. At the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna in March, Ivanov stated that on the one hand, they are attempting to win the hearts and minds of the local population, which increasingly depends on the cultivation of opium poppy for their livelihood. On the other, they need to cut off finances to the Taliban insurgency, which is fueled by the sale of opium poppy to foreign markets.
About 15 per cent of Afghanistan’s Gross National Product depends on drug-related exports, which amounts business worth US$2.4 billion a year, according to UN 2012 figures.
Spokesman for Afghanistan's Counternarcotic Ministry Qayum Samir told Radio Free Europe on Monday that 157,000 hectares are being planted with poppies this spring, which is up by an estimated 3,000 hectares since last year. Samir argued that lack of security, lack of governance and widespread poverty are the reasons behind the increase in heroin production.
Moscow believes the simplest solutions are the most effective ones, and eradicating the country’s poppy fields is the key to solving the problem, underlined Viktor Ivanov.
But there is a big difference between how Russia and the US see the solution to the problem.
“Metaphorically speaking, instead of destroying the machine-gun nest, they suggest catching bullets flying from the machine-gun,” Ivanov explained. “We suggest eradicating the narcotic plants altogether. As long as there are opium poppy fields, there will be trafficking."
However, based on the US and NATO strategy, there seems no intention to get rid of all Afghan poppy fields, which is an inconsistency in the Western approach.
“The US together with the Colombian government eradicates 200,000 hectares of coca bushes a year. In Afghanistan, only 2,000 hectares of poppy fields are being eradicated – one 100th of that amount,” Ivanov pointed out.
And alongside the refusal to get rid of the poppies, there is the apparent interest of international banks in “dirty” money. Narcotics have nearly as large a share in total world trade as oil and gas, argued Ivanov in his presentation to UN.
The head of Russia’s drug enforcement suggested US and European banks tacitly welcome and “encourage” the inflow of drug money, he explained.
Gil Kerlikovske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the executive office of the US president, told RT that “We can intercept and seize tons of narcotics, we can make arrests of traffickers, but we really need to choke off the funds that supply this.”
Currently, Russia supports solutions proposing to improve social and institutional development in Afghanistan and discussing the problem at the international level.

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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

747 Cargo stalling in Afghanistan
The guy driving this vehcle sighs a bit but doesn't say a word as he watches the 747 slow, stall & fall out of the sky - a weirdly desensitized person

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A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field near the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing all seven people aboard. The plane came down shortly after take-off and crashed within the boundaries of the US-run airbase, a NATO spokesperson at the base said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition dismissed the claim as "false" in a statement to AP. The cause of the crash is being investigated by emergency crews, but no sign of insurgent activity in the area was spotted at the time, the statement added.

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"George H. W. Bush, the Vaseline president"
Operation Cyclone key to understanding Afghanistan and the war of terror
Here's CIAs most senior whistleblower John Stockwell talking all about it
Good bit starts here http://youtu.be/O5Lnnn9smmg?t=4m
CIA Operation CYCLONE, NWO, Afghanistan, Bush Senior, CIA Drug trafficking (1989)

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Former CIA case officer John R. Stockwell analyzes the CIA in relationship to George Bush and world affairs. Bush's history with the CIA is presented, and his attitudes toward handling affairs of state with covert actions abroad and curtailing dissent at home are assessed. John then reviews the CIA covert actions which are in progress around the world. He also evaluates the devastating effects which the CIA sponsored war in Afghanistan had on that country and its people, leaving the country in such a state of political turmoil and destruction that it is doomed to many years of further bloodshed.

Recorded February 16, 1989

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Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis

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Published on 26 Jan 2015
Adam Curtis epic documentary, Bitter Lake, focuses it's attention on Afghanistan as case study for global politics over the last century. Wars, terrorism, economic collapse, recession, quantitative easing, the transfer of power from Governments to banks, the USA's relationship with Russia and power dynamics in the Middle East all form the fabric of a compelling narrative. The death of the Western world's ideology that good will win over evil. Not because evil will win, but because the over simplification good vs evil when describing global events has become an untenable with modern media and communications.
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That video was removed from YouTube by the BBC legal department you are forced to pay for this afternoon
Still here though - download it
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But that’s because it is distinctive, genuinely different. It’s also worrying, beautiful, funny (really), ambitious, serious, gripping and very possibly important. I’m not saying everything now makes sense; there’s still confusion and uncertainty aplenty in this bitter lake up here. But Adam Curtis is at least taking a step back, to look at the modern world, then take it on. And make television like no one else does.

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Video: Nicky Hager claims John Key signed off on deadly SAS raid in Afghanistan in retaliation to Kiwi soldier's death
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Investigative journalist Nicky Hager is calling for an independent inquiry into a raid conducted by the SAS in Afghanistan that he says was in retaliation to an NZ soldier's death.
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/video-nicky-hager-claims-j ohn-key-signed-off-deadly-sas-raid-in-afghanistan-retaliation-kiwi-sol diers-death

From Dirty Politics to Hit and Run, Nicky Hager’s new book – so what’s it about?
Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson uncover truth about fatal Afghanistan raid involving Kiwi troops in new book.

Mr Hager released his new book in Wellington this afternoon, three years after the release of Dirty Politics shortly before the 2014 election.
The book is called Hit & Run - The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the meaning of honour and is co-written by war writer Jon Stephenson.
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Mr Hager said this afternoon the book reveals a "dark and dirty secret" about the New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and is calling on an independent inquiry into the raid.

Nicky Hager reveals 'dark and dirty' secret of NZ SAS in Afghanistan
Hit and Run has been co-written with war writer Jon Stephenson.

He spoke to people who said there were breaches of international law and war crimes and the information was deliberately suppressed.
Mr Hager says former Prime Minister John Key signed off on a raid by the SAS in Afghanistan that was in retaliation to a NZ soldier's death.
He says six villagers were killed and 15 injured in the raid and that the SAS burnt up or blew up about a dozen houses in the town.

Mr Hager says the SAS covered it up and denied it when later asked about it and that no insurgents were killed or found.
He alleges it breached international law and may have been a war crime and that an apology is needed to villagers and the SAS needs to be accountable.
The New Zealand Defence Force says it stands by its statement made in April, 2011, after allegations of civilian casualties were made.

The New Zealand Defence Force stands by the statement it made dated 20 April 2011.
"These were investigated by a joint Afghan Ministry of Defence, Ministry of the Interior and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) assessment team, in accordance with ISAF procedures," the Defence said in a statement tonight.
"The investigation concluded that the allegations of civilian casualties were unfounded.
The NZDF is confident that New Zealand personnel conducted themselves in accordance with the applicable rules of engagement"
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"The NZDF does not undertake investigations or inquiries into the actions of forces from other nations.That was the role of the joint Afghan-ISAF investigation.
"The NZDF is confident that New Zealand personnel conducted themselves in accordance with the applicable rules of engagement."

Dirty Politics
Dirty Politics was based on internal communications between right wing Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater and a network of National Party figures, provided to him by an anonymous hacker.

Last month Mr Hager filed a human rights claim against Westpac over a decision to give police his account details, without asking for a warrant, as part of a police investigation to identify the hacker.

In December, a court found a 10-hour search of Mr Hager's Wellington home in October 2014 was illegal because police had not told the court they were conducting a "media search" when they applied for a warrant.
A separate claim against the police is currently before the

03:19 Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson uncover truth about fatal Afghanistan raid involving Kiwi troops in new book.
Top level silence so far on Nicky Hager's claim SAS raids killed civilians in Afghanistan8:36pm

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