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2022-June-27  11:30

Iran: Bombs, Terrorism, Crime US Souveniors to Afghanistan instead of Technology

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that the US and its allies' invasion and deployment in Afghanistan brought nothing but bombs, terrorism and crime to the country instead of technology.

Addressing a ceremony marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Tehran on Sunday, Vahidi blamed the current dire economic situation in Afghanistan on the US and its allies.

He said that they brought bombs, terrorism and crime to Afghanistan instead of boosting its industries and agriculture.

Vahidi lashed out at the western governments for their “poor performance” in the fight against narcotics trafficking.

He said the main culprits behind the increase in using drugs are certain western intelligence agencies and politicians.

Vahidi thanked the UN for its positive efforts in this regard, but meantime, noted that the West’s fight against narcotics is not genuine.

The interior minister said an important stage in narcotics today is the production of industrial drugs, which is being done at labs in western countries.

Vahidi added that the production of industrial drugs is a lucrative business for the western countries.

He demanded the western banks to control the financial operations of narcotics traffickers, saying it’s questionable that financial institutions in the West turn a blind eye to the issue.

Vahidi said Iran is now alone in the fight against narcotics but instead of being appreciated, it’s getting accused by its adversaries under various pretexts.

He underscored that 3,850 Iranian security forces have been killed in the war against drugs and 12,000 others have been injured.

Vahidi said despite that, Iran has received meager assistance to carry on the fight.

The Iranian anti-narcotics police have always staged periodic operations against drug traffickers and dealers, but the latest reports - which among others indicate an improved and systematic dissemination of information - reveal that the world's most forefront and dedicated anti-narcotic force (as UN drug-campaign assessments put it) has embarked on a long-term countrywide plan to crack down on the drug trade since several years ago.

Iran is in the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and thousands of Iranian police forces have been so far martyred to protect the world from the danger of drugs.

The Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

Afghan and western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying that allies have "overlooked" the drug problem since invading the country 21 years ago.