Connecting the Dots: Afghan Heroin, NATO, Azerbaijan Hub & Cargo Business

Azerbaijan in Operation Gladio-Plan B

Over the last few weeks James Corbett and I have been discussing US-NATO Gladio Operations in the Islamization and Terrorization of Central Asia- Caucasus, and the real lords of the booming Afghan heroin business. If you haven’t already, watch our video interview series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

During our interview series I have been emphasizing history and context as the two most important prerequisites in understanding the current developments in the region, and of course, in connecting the dots that lay in plain sight. I have also talked about our weeknight news roundup that highlights these dots. Today, as I was researching and preparing our nightly news roundup, I extracted several such ‘dots’ that directly relate to our Gladio reports. For those of you who have been following our recent coverage the following dots (not covered by the mainstream media; but of course!) will be highly interesting and ultra-revealing. Are you ready? Okay, then, let’s lay out the recent dots from our coming news coverage this evening, put  that together with all that has been already revealed and discussed, and see how easy it is to understand the ‘real happenings’ and their significance in light of what we know.

During our Gladio interviews we discussed the Afghan heroin business as one of Turkey’s major roles in the Gladio Operations under the United States and NATO. We also discussed how major aspects of heroin operations were moved from Turkey to Azerbaijan-both in terms of labs and transit, after 1997, and intensified after Azerbaijan’s addition to NATO.

Let’s use a report from a couple of years ago to highlight what we covered during our Gladio series:

Azerbaijan is a major transit link of trafficking in heroin and other drugs transported from Afghanistan to Europe, a UN body claims. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says the so-called “northern Balkan route”, a relatively recent variant on the Balkan route which transits the Caucasus rather than Turkey, crosses Azerbaijan.

Heroin crosses from the Azerbaijan-e-Khavari province of Iran into Turkey and traverses Turkey’s Hakkari and/or Van districts. An estimated 95 mt of heroin are shipped across Turkey’s borders every year, says the UN report, adding that Bulgaria is a link in one of those routes: Hakkari/Van – south-eastern cities – central Anatolian cities – Istanbul – Edirne to Bulgaria/Greece.

All right, we have several past mainstream official reports and our Gladio interview series on Azerbaijan’s major role in the booming Afghan heroin business. Now, the following report-article came out today:

Azerbaijan is significant transit country for illicit drug trafficking, and through its territory 11 tons of heroin transfer

Azerbaijan is a significant transit country for heroin and other narcotics, as it is situated along major drug trafficking routes from Afghanistan and Iran to Europe and Russia, the annual report of the US State Department on “2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy (INCSR)” says. In the previous report of the State Department was mentioned that Azerbaijan is a transit country for transporting drugs from Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran to Russia and Europe.

Please stay with me since this fact about Azerbaijan has been known for a while and is not too significant by itself. Also, keep in mind, Turkey-Azerbaijan-Bulgaria happen to be major NATO fields of operations. In fact, when the importance of the Balkans as the major transit hub since the late 1990s is emphasized, I want you to think about our NATO wars and operations to break up and take over the region – ending in mid to late 1990s – the beginning of the formation of the Balkan hub as a ‘major’ transit hub. Okay?

Next, another significant related news item from today:

U.S. Praises Azerbaijan’s Role in Cargo Transportation to Afghanistan

The United States highly appreciate the role of Azerbaijan in the international efforts for provision of security in Afghanistan. According to AzerTAj, the statement came from commander of the Transport Command of the United States, general William Freizer speaking at the hearings in the US Congress, 1news.az reports.

He said the successful direct transportation of cargo via the airspace of Azerbaijan represent special importance in this context.

Earlier Azerbaijani Deputy FM Araz Azimov announced that Azerbaijan is a transit on the way of cargo transportation to Afghanistan and our country provides different services within the framework of ISAF operation held by NATO According to him, these cargoes will return from Afghanistan to Europe and other countries via Azerbaijan.

Without being insulting, and for those with insufficient consumption levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids needed by our brains, let’s add up the dots to this point: 1-After the US invasion of Afghanistan and under US-NATO control heroin production and sales boom. 2- Azerbaijan has become one of the most strategically important heroin transit hubs since the beginning of Gladio Operation B, and since it has joined and come under NATO. 3- Just like Turkey, nations with airfields under US command, such as Kyrgyzstan’s Manas Airbase and Azerbaijan’s NATO Air Fields, have become the most important transit-Transportation hubs for heroin.

Now you see the significance of the two related news reports above? Afghan Heroin, NATO Operations Fields, Heroin Transit Hubs, and the CARGO business? Are you having a ‘Duh’ moment? Good!

Again, please recall my discussion of the Balkans, especially Albania, from our Gladio series. Pair that thought with US-NATO Balkan operations, and then take a look at another related news item today:

“Balkans main route for drugs from Afghanistan”

In a meeting with members of the regional program for Southeast Europe, he noted that around 60 tons of heroin, worth USD 13 billion, have reached Western and Central Europe via the Balkan route, said a release on the UNODC website.

The program, established last year at the request of regional governments, is aimed at suppressing drug trafficking through the Balkans and combating transnational organized crime, corruption and money laundering. Fedotov warns that trafficking in narcotics could have a destabilizing effect on the region’s economy and social development.

According to the UNODC chief, the program has already been very effective. Albania and Montenegro have launched a program of control of shipping containers and Albania has set up a control unit in the port of Durres. Montenegro has drafted a new anti-drug strategy and a new anti-terrorism action plan, and carried out training for the treatment of drug addicts.

Well, this is what I was referring to in the Gladio Video Series: Know the history, understand the bigger context, and then watch or read the news, and you’ll have tons of dots being connected before your own eyes. See you in a few hours in our BFP Nighty News & Editorials.

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Sibel Edmonds is the Publisher & Editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the author of the Memoir Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Newman’s Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy” Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.


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  1. One of the great benefits of the recent Gladio series is that we now have solid pattern of conformation that NATO/CIA and in general Western geopolitics is behind the heroin trafficking. For me the general pattern of Sibel’s studies is not particularly new. I remember pre-9/11 arrows over a map indicating known heroin transport routes. For me these transport routes have always signified the stimulation of a local criminal elite (new or old) that was ultimately under the control of the organizers of the routes. So when heroin production was transferred from South-East Asia to Afghanistan I saw that as a (geo)political move of our (Western) criminal elite to make criminals of other countries rich. At that stage I was quite naive and thought in terms of some nebulous criminal mafia-type families (probably Anglo/British aristocracy for the sake of historical continuity).

    In terms of CIA/NATO activities and in general Western geopolitics it all makes much more sense, now. And I thank Sibel for dispelling any doubts I may have had and enormously enriching my factual basis.

    Yet I think that one important geopolitical aspect has been under-addressed until now: namely the key-role of establishing control over the political elite of a country before it “freely” chooses to become part of NATO or provides support in other ways. Afghanistan itself is a good example with Wali Karzai (brother of the president), who was on the CIA payroll and was head of Afghani security forces. He also happened to be a major drug king pin. (He was shot by a lone killer, his chief of security, who was himself conveniently killed: http://www.whatsonningbo.com/news-4007-double-agent-sardar-mohammad-who-kills-ahmad-wali-karzai-an-us-informant.html )

    But before 9/11, when the Taliban effectively curtailed opium production, it was predictable that the drugs-trafficing elite in the surrounding countries would be highly motivated to contribute to the resumption of opium trafficking profits. What puzzled me just after 9/11 was the ease with which the US established bases all over central asia. I was actually a bit shocked about the lack of Soviet response at their doorstep.

    Apparently the ten years after the break down of the Soviet Union were well used to establish a politically effective drugs trafficking elite that could convince their governments and population to allow NATO bases and in doing so allow a huge expansion of the NATO sphere of influence.

    My question is wether this interpretation is supported by evidence? One of the things that I would expect is that the children of the drugs traffickers of the whole region between Afghanistan and Turkey would be invited to study at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, etc. In addition one would expect that these students after their study become influential in their countries. Is there evidence for this general pattern?

    By the way a quick search for “Studying Oxford Azerbaijan” leads to the following:
    http://oxaz.co.uk
    “The Oxford-Azerbaijan Society (OXAZ) is a non-for-profit and non-governmental organisation based in Oxford. The Society was established, on 13 February 2008, on the initiative of Eldar Rustamov, by a group of Azerbaijanis studying in the UK. The aims of the Society are to introduce Azeri Culture and Art to people in the UK; to unite and support Azerbaijanis in Oxford and in other cities of the UK; to strengthen UK-Azerbaijani relations. The Oxford-Azerbaijan Society plays an important role in delivering Azerbaijan realities and rising the awareness of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the UK.”

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