WASHINGTON - The State Department has problems managing dozens of planes and helicopters it uses in the fight against illegal drugs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a new Inspector General's report.
The report, made public this week, focuses on the operations of the little-known air wing of the State Department in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with more than 30 aircraft and hundreds of contract employees. It praises the overall effectiveness of the counter-narcotics operations but says the department needs better oversight to stop cost over-runs, management problems and inefficiencies. The air wing's duties run from poppy eradication in Afghanistan to airlift missions for the Pakistan government. FULL POST
A U.N. report says Afghanistan, the world's biggest producer of opium, is a "major producer of cannabis" and "the world's biggest producer of hashish."
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime's Afghanistan Cannabis Survey issued Wednesday documented large-scale cannabis cultivation in half of Afghanistan's 34 provinces. FULL POST