How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda
Thomas Dunne Books
On Sale: May 12, 2009
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Most Americans think of the Taliban and al Qaeda as a bunch
of bearded fanatics fighting an Islamic crusade from caves
in Afghanistan. But that doesn't explain their astonishing
comeback along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Why is it
eight years after we invaded Afghanistan, the CIA says that
these groups are better armed and better funded than ever?
Seeds of Terror will reshape the way you think about
America's enemies, revealing them less as ideologues and
more as criminals who earn half a billion dollars every
year off the opium trade. With the breakneck pace of a
thriller, author Gretchen Peters traces their illicit
activities from vast poppy fields in southern Afghanistan
to heroin labs run by Taliban commanders, from drug convoys
armed with Stinger missiles to the money launderers of
Karachi and Dubai.
This isn't a fanciful conspiracy theory. Seeds of Terror is
based on hundreds of interviews with Taliban fighters,
smugglers, and law enforcement and intelligence agents.
Their information is matched by intelligence reports shown
to the author by frustrated U.S. officials who fear the
next 9/11 will be far deadlier than the first--and paid for
with drug profits.
Seeds of Terror makes the case that we must cut terrorists
off from their drug earnings if we ever hope to beat them.
This war isn't about ideology or religion. It's about
creating a new economy for Afghanistan--and breaking the
cycle of violence and extremism that has gripped the region
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