TIMBER SMUGGLING IS BIG BUSINESS IN AFGHANISTAN FOR ISIS

An article in Foreign Policy on 15th July says that wood smuggling has become big business for ISIS.  A stronghold in Kunar’s deep forests, formerly a booming wood industry previously controlled by the Taliban is now generating a growing income for Islamic State militants.  The provincial government banned the sale of wood in 2016, fearing increasing deforestation and desertification.  Kunar used to be covered in oak, pine, and walnut forests, but over the last 3 decades it has lost 40% of its trees.  The article quotes a local saying that each tree costs between about $20 to $30.  When cut, each tree makes about 15 planks, each 8 feet by 1 foot, which go for about $75.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/07/15/afghanistans-forests-are-turning-a-profit-for-the-islamic-state/

 

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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