Even More Photos of US/NATO Troops Patrolling Opium Poppy Fields in Afghanistan

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More Photos of US/NATO Troops Patrolling Opium Poppy Fields in Afghanistan
US/NATO Troops Patrolling Opium Poppy Fields in Afghanistan

 

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - A small girl looks back after receiving a candy bar from a Marine outside the base. The Marines give these small gifts to help gain the trust of young children, who are the future of Afghanistan. The children have become much more receptive to Marines after a decade in the country.

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers patrol through farmlands outside the base recently. Behind the small poppy field in the front of the photo is a wheat field. The local farmers are growing more and more of the wheat as an alternative to growing the illegal poppy.

Poppies grow in a field in the Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, May 2, 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dillon Townsel/Released)

An Afghan commando with the Afghan National Army's 3rd Commando Kandak scans the surrounding area for enemy activity during a clearing operation in Maiwand District, May 1, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The commandos, joined by Navy SEALs team members with Special Operations Task Force – South and members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police, destroyed an IED and recovered IED making materials and a weapons cache during the operation.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jason Phillips crosses a poppy field as Marines conduct a security patrol outside Forward Operating Base Hanson, Marjah, Afghanistan, April 30, 2011. The security patrol was done in order for Marines to inspect the well being of a nearby village. Phillips is with Guard Force, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alberto B. Vazquez/Released)

Dried out opium poppy plants occupy a field at Khan Neshin, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011. Afghan farmers harvest the scorn poppy bulbs from the plant to produce opium paste. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Charles T. Mabry II/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. James K. Peters stands in an opium poppy field while performing a foot patrol at Sangin, Afghanistan, May 19, 2011. Peters and his fellow Marines assigned to Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, are familiarizing the battalion?s commander with their area of operation during the patrol. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jeremy C. Harris/Released)

A U.S. Marine displays a poppy flower after its been scored as Marines conduct a security patrol outside Forward Operating Base Hanson, Marjah, Afghanistan, April 30, 2011. The security patrol was done in order for Marines to inspect the well being of a nearby village. The Marines are with Guard Force, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alberto B. Vazquez/Released)

Dried, scored poppies remain after the harvest season as U.S. Marines with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1 conduct a patrol outside Combat Outpost (COP) Huskers in Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 22, 2011. The Marines patrolled outside the COP in order to maintain security and talk with villagers. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Loren P. Molumby/Released)

Poppy fields of the Maiwand District, taken May 2.

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mathew J. Gilabriest speaks with a villager as Marines conduct a security patrol outside Forward Operating Base Hanson, Marjah, Afghanistan, April 30, 2011. The security patrol was done in order for Marines to inspect the well being of a nearby village. Gilabriest is with Guard Force, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alberto B. Vazquez/Released)

The sun rises over a poppy field during a clearing operation conducted by Afghan Commandos with the Afghan National Army's 3rd Commando Kandak in Maiwand District, May 1, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The commandos, joined by Navy SEALs team members with Special Operations Task Force South and members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police, destroyed an IED and recovered IED making materials and a weapons cache during the operation.

An Afghan commando with the Afghan National Army's 3rd Commando Kandak scans the surrounding area for enemy activity during a clearing operation in Maiwand District, May 1, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The commandos, joined by Navy SEALs team members with Special Operations Task Force – South and members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police, destroyed an IED and recovered IED making materials and a weapons cache during the operation.

A field of scored poppies, as seen during a clearing operation conducted by Afghan commandos with the Afghan National Army's 3rd Commando Kandak in Maiwand district, May 1, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Poppy is cultivated and harvested for its powerful medicinal properties.

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - A Marine with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, greets local children working in the farmlands near the base. The high-five exchanged is a symbol of the positive relationship the Marines have built with the local population.

In this photo provided by ISAF Regional Command - South, during Operation Spartan Strike, 2nd Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Thursday, April 21, cleared houses and questioned residents about Taliban activities and locations of weapons cashes in Zharay District, Afghanistan.

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16 comments for “Even More Photos of US/NATO Troops Patrolling Opium Poppy Fields in Afghanistan

  1. Bill
    September 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Napalm would make a good fertilizer here I think.

  2. September 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Had a buddy of mine o.d. on heroin and die back in July. He was 25. This is up on the Great Lakes. Source, probably Afghanistan. So much for the phoney war on drugs. So much for homeland security when they can’t even intercept this stuff at the border. To our troops, thanks for making Afghanistan safe for drug dealers and warlords who profit off this junk.Maybe you CO is making some side deals to fatten up his retirement fund. Time to come home.

    • stewart
      January 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      how about you thank our troops for keeping your ass safe, as for your buddy, a liitle self disipline and common fucking sence might of helped.

      • Jess
        March 31, 2014 at 3:38 pm

        FYI: We say “Might HAVE Helped”! Educate yourself 1st!

      • Paul
        November 12, 2014 at 10:16 pm

        How about to start use your brain? I know it’s difficult for sheep to learn some real informations. You are so controllable nation. If your government would say jump, your only answer would be: “how high?”

        Those wars were never about security, Taliban or WMD. Don’t lie to yourself.

        Try to find how both wars in Iraq started (find something about Nayirah testimony or what your government gave to Hussein).

    • meh
      February 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

      they only intercept the stuff you try to deal… noones allowed to profit except the government.

  3. September 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    This link was posted here http://www.totse.info/bbs/showthread.php/19647-Afghanistan-has-over-1T-worth-of-Minerals

    Anyway, nice pictures and I don’t think they’re patrolling opium they’re more less following orders.

  4. Jason
    October 31, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Afghanistan have had efforts to eradicate it even before the war even started. So theres no use in pointing blame at us for trying to patrol it. If anyone benefits from this stuff, it has been the Taliban.
    And as a conspiracy theory to try and say its a controlled substance here and blame us for “patrolling it”, like Alex Jones would do, who you have people backing him that would support drugs being freely grown anyway, would be pretty counterproductive and pretty downright fear mongering to people already in fear of that some Illuminati agenda is at hand. :-|

  5. Jason
    October 31, 2011 at 5:52 am

    which is by the billions right now. Its not a healthy mindset. :-|

  6. December 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Lekker ik wil ook

  7. Chris
    December 31, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Jason

    > Afghanistan have had efforts to eradicate it even before the war even started. So theres no use in pointing blame at us for trying to patrol it. If anyone benefits from this stuff, it has been the Taliban.

    The Taliban had almost completely destroyed all drugs production/cultivation in Afghanistan. It’s returned since we invaded…

  8. OneTw0
    October 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Drugs are never the problem. People not being able to handle them are!

  9. BloJoh
    May 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Isn’t the right to do drugs one of the f4eedoms our brave soldiers are ensuring for us. Golly, even some of them will need opiods when they come back home.

    Some of them might be in the import business like they were in Vietnam. Why not? It’s better than a government pension.

  10. madeline
    May 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    These people are farmers. If you don’t want them to grow poppies, then give them another crop that is just as valuable that doesn’t require the annual purchase of trademarked, bio-engineered seeds.

  11. Jonathan Burton
    October 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

    The misinformation being carried out by media outlets stating that the Taliban profit from the opium trade is utter bullshit. The Taliban were reponsible for the erradication of 3/4 of total opium production in Afghanistan by June 2001. They believe as is logical that opium is a disgrace to the Muslim faith and that the body is a pure temple which should never be adulterated with mind altering chemicals. Think about it…if they are harsh to the point of death on drinking and smoking and sex after midnight why would they go against their beliefs and cultivate opium? It is like saying that it is wrong to eat pork, but bacon is just fine. 1. Big Banks reap large sums of money from their laundering of illegal drug monies. 2. Poor ol’ Blackie can’t find something productive to do and rise up against us, so we need to keep the drugs flowing into their ghettos. 3. The CIA does not stand for the Central Intelligence Agency..It really stands for the Corporate Insistance of Authority. 4. This is bigger than just American interests as globalization has taken over soverignity, dissolving nations into territories where more money can be made, people’s futures compromised or destroyed, and a perpetuation of the new feudalism which we are all going to just LOVE!

  12. America murders own citizens
    March 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    All of you putting out you’re own brainwashed opinions can choke on a dick and die…who the fu**ing hell do you think you are to decide if someone is allowed to plant a gosh dam PLANT on their OWN property. GOD MADE PLANTS, PEOPLE MAKE DRUGS.None of you have the slightest idea what these poor farmers do with their crop. And to speak to our troops, thank you for THINKING you protect our freedom but sorry you’re really fighting for a SMALL, CONTROLLING, ELITE UPPERCLASS’S AGENDA. Who the fuck are we as Americans to tell other countries what they can and can’t do, and we wonder why the rest of the world hates us…It all comes down to the brainwashing propaganda our government has used to control the way we think without even realizing it. Land of the free is a JOKE! We have more laws telling us what we cant do then what we are allowed to and we have to ask the government for permission and authorization and then pay them to even take a piss now a days. Time for a Revolution. wake the hell up America. 9-11 was the government. Sandy Hokes massacre was the government. You all make me sick. wake up

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