The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is to publish annual survey today. It will show that Afghanistan has broken opium production records again. Just what exactly are the billions being spent over there actually achieving? Helmand province, where our troops are operating, is expected to be named as the world's largest drug-producing area. Just great.
Gen Khodaidad, Afghanistan's acting minister of counter narcotics, said: "Unfortunately we have failed, in security we have failed and in drug issue we have failed, we have not done a good job in Helmand. "This year we must change the strategy, how to fight, how to work in Helmand to improve the security and tackle the poppy in Helmand province."
The justice system is blamed for failing to prosecute drug barons and corrupt government officials. Our troops are fighting hard and doing their best, but they are not getting the political support they need and deserve. Until they do, our men and women are giving up their lives for little return.