Afghanistan’s opium business strikes, while the Taliban look the other way

TALUKAN, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s opium industry – the main source of heroin sold in the West – is up and running again. Here in the Talukan, dozens of merchants are openly trading different grades of opium in a busy new market that has emerged since the Taliban’s victory on 15 August. Plastic bags filled with … Read more

Afghanistan’s opium business strikes, while the Taliban look the other way

TALUKAN, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s opium industry – the main source of heroin sold in the West – is up and running again. Here in the Talukan, dozens of merchants are openly trading different grades of opium in a busy new market that has emerged since the Taliban’s victory on 15 August. Plastic bags filled with … Read more

Kabul faces blackout as Taliban does not pay electricity suppliers

KABUL — Afghanistan’s capital may be thrown into the dark as winter sets in because the country’s new Taliban rulers have not paid Central Asian electricity suppliers or resumed collecting money from consumers. Unless it is addressed, the situation could cause a humanitarian catastrophe, warned Daud Noorzai, who stepped down as the country’s chief of … Read more