Report: Taliban Arrests American, 17 Others in Afghanistan ☞ Breitbart

“According to local Afghan spokesman Abdul Wahid Hamas, the workers were taken into custody on charges of ‘propagating and promoting Christianity.’
‘We stand by the principle that aid will not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint.’ the nonprofit stated. ‘All IAM staff agree to abide by the laws of Afghanistan’
The 18 staff members are currently in an unknown location in Kabul.”

Afghanistan Is Fastest-Growing Maker of Methamphetamine, UN Says ☞ VOA

“A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, Abdul Mateen Qani, told the AP that the Taliban-run government has prohibited the cultivation, production, sale and use of all intoxicants and narcotics in Afghanistan…”
“A U.N. report published in November said that opium cultivation since the Taliban takeover increased by 32% over the previous year, and that opium prices rose following authorities’ announcement of a cultivation ban in April 2022. Farmers’ income from opium sales tripled from $425 million in 2021 to $1.4 billion in 2022.”