Top Afghan Airline Hauling Opium: US
US military bans contracts with Kam Air
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2013 1:14 AM CST
Kam Air planes, via the company's website.   (KamAir.com)

(Newser) – Afghanistan's leading private airline has been transporting opium in "bulk" on civilian flights, the US military says. Central Command has now banned Kam Air from any military contracts, marking the first time the military has slapped drug-related penalties on a major Afghan firm, the Wall Street Journal notes. "Kam Air is too large of a company not to know what has been going on within its organization," says a US commander. The airline has allegedly been carrying opium to Tajikistan, a base for worldwide distribution of Afghan drugs, Western officials say.

Kam Air president and founder Zamari Kamgar "totally" rejects the allegations, calling them a likely ploy by competitors; Kam Air has been discussing a merger with the state's Ariana Afghan Airlines. Afghanistan is already the source of 90% of illicit opiates worldwide, according to the UN, which says that "export earnings from Afghan opiates may be worth $2.4 billion," or 15% of Afghanistan's GDP.

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right2dave
Jan 28, 2013 8:53 AM CST
Obama knows this is going on and has let it keep happening. He most likely get a cut.
i2ollingstone
Jan 25, 2013 7:08 PM CST
Someone must have pissed off the Bush family....or someone outbid Kam Air for the contract.
Ultraworld
Jan 25, 2013 1:33 PM CST
American troops allowed the poppy crops. More Heroin has left this country AFTER we invaded them. And their shocked that a Afghan airline is shipping it out?