Defence written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the source of Taliban (a) funding and (b) weaponry.

Photo of John Reid John Reid Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, The Secretary of State for Defence

The Taliban primarily obtain funding from within Afghanistan and Pakistan, supplemented to a lesser degree from sources elsewhere. We believe that the Taliban also indirectly benefit from the narcotics trade in Afghanistan. Most Taliban weaponry is sourced from within Afghanistan or comes from or comes through or from sources within Pakistan.

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