Former ISAF commander points to drugs as growing threat to Afghan stability

The former commander of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan warned the surge in drug trafficking threatens to undermine stability there, calling it “the crocodile in the room.”But Lieutenant General Rick Hillier, the chief of staff of the Canadian army, acknowledged that curbing the drug trade will be difficult because the rewards for impoverished Afghans cultivating poppy far outweigh the risks. “The drug issue, growing in an almost unconstrained manner, really threatens to be the crocodile in the room, and that could undermine the other efforts all throughout,” he told reporters here.Full Story

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