MEP: Helmand is one of the southern provinces of the country since the beginning of the presence of foreign troops in the country and after the fall of the Taliban, has been the scene of battles and clashes.
Helmand covers two important dimensions that either these two dimensions are good or bad.
Opium and mining of uranium and other precious stones are the two-dimensional that make Helmand [important] for foreigners and meanwhile, unrest in the province, has turned the province essential for the Afghan government.
Foreign powers, especially United States and the Great Britain from the beginning and according to major studies and wide they had accomplished, considered Helmand one of their important bases.
According to the US and British forces, large military bases in Khanshin district (where most of the country’s uranium is located) are of the basic needs for victory in the war.
But these bases could never reduce fighting in Helmand even in times the war was getting extremely intensified and in many cases, a number of districts were out of government control, something that still remains after more than 15 years.
The continuing war in the province could be a planned, has been the reason so the government does not have control over it and the lack of government control over Helmand, the fields for planting, harvesting and trafficking of opium to build smoothly in the province.
According to Helmand’s residents and conducted researches, most of the profits of drugs are covered as the income for drug dealers and Mafia who are together with national and regional terrorism, a case that has caused Helmand to be the opium production and cultivation annually over other provinces.
This comes as the US and British forces have the most attendance and fighting consumption in Helmand and it is said that these costs and presences are used for the personal and political interests.
The foreign forces stationed in Helmand are involved in drug trafficking or not, is an issue that a number of representatives from the province refrained from taking names, endorsing the matter.
Poppy cultivation in Helmand has been one of the allergens and contentious issues. This is done so clearly that one can still be seen along highways and local market sales was found.
But even more importantly, the availability of resources in uranium located particularly in Khanshin district of Helmand province, the district has one of the best-equipped US military bases that a large number of giant cargo planes of the US and Britain takeoff and land daily.
A number of MPs have said that the planes have duty on transferring Helmand uranium and have repeatedly extracted uranium out of the country.
Lack of control over airspace or the foreigner’s control over the airspace in unawareness of the government in the American and Britain’s function role and the government is unaware of it.
On the other hand, surveys and studies conducted by the Americans on mines of Afghanistan, particularly Helmand and they are well aware of the quality, type and value of the mines and on the basis of bilateral programs, are independent over the most of their programs.
War, uranium and opium
However, continued fighting in Helmand and the Taliban insurgents’ presence in major parts of the province, are associated with uranium and opium.
When the war continues, security forces clash with insurgents and the government officials are also involved in conflict management and will be looking for ways to provide security for the people of this province and no time will be available to address allegations of looting uranium and fight against drugs.
On the other hand the foreign forces operate freely in the province and well benefit from the continuing war.
Cultivation, harvesting and selling drugs help to outgrow the war on terror, something that looters desire mines in Afghanistan to make the most out of it.
The difference in the amount of uranium
On the other hand, differences in Helmand’s uranium estimate, questions that why t
he US has announced the rate lower than it’s originally?
The U.S. NASA organization on the amount of uranium in Helmand province announced its rate more than a trillion dollars while the country’s Ministry of Mines announced it more than three trillion dollars.
This difference helps the Americans to transfer Helmand’s uranium and after withdrawal from Afghanistan and the transfer of two trillion dollars from the mine, with the extraction of uranium by Afghans, confirm their statements and not be questioned.