PressTV-‘US invaded Afghanistan to protect poppy crops’

The United States invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 was largely to protect the country’s opium cultivationand exploit its valuable minerals, says an American scholar and a retired professor in Madison, Wisconsin.

US Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Afghanistan last week to promote Washington’s four-month-old military strategy for the country came despite President Donald Trump’s promise to end America’s longest-running war in history, said James Henry Fetzer, founder of the Scholars for 9/11 Truth.

“The United States seems to be continuing its efforts in Afghanistan principally to protect the poppy crops…and to extract valuable mineral resources, including Lithium,” Fetzer told Press TV on Friday.

“It’s a disgrace that the United States is still there; Donald Trump promised to end these wars in the Middle East, and the very fact that the vice president is going there is a sign that [the US] is moving in the wrong…

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