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Seeds of terror

“It is rare that a journalist writes about some aspect of American foreign policy, makes an impassioned plea for change and finds her advice adopted.”

“An important examination of ‘the nexus of [drug] smugglers and extremists’ in the global war against terrorists. Peters builds a solid case [and] has exhaustively framed one of the thorniest problems facing policy makers in this long war.”

“Excellent … Gretchen Peters’s disturbing book plainly states that unless the opium-smuggling industry is put out of business, the nation-building exercise in Afghanistan is destined for failure. We should heed her warnings.” Emran Qureshi

– The Globe and Mail

“Seeds of Terror offers layer after layer of fascinating information about the deadly consequences of decades of disastrous policy decisions. This is a well-written, well-documented, and exemplary work of journalism.” Lewis Perdue

“It is rare that a journalist writes about some aspect of American foreign policy, makes an impassioned plea for change and finds her advice adopted.”

Seeds of Terror will reshape the way you think about the West's enemies, revealing them less as ideologues and more as criminals who earn billions of pounds every year off the opium trade. With the breakneck pace of a thriller, author Gretchen Peters

Seeds of Terror: How the Taliban and Al Qaeda are Morphing Into the World’s New Narco-Mafia

Gretchen Peters is the author of “Seeds of Terror,” an international bestseller that traces the role the opium trade has played in three decades of conflict in Afghanistan. Peters, who seeks to reshape how people define the many insurgent and terror groups operating in the “AfPak” region, spent five years researching and writing the book with the help of local reporters. Together, they surveyed and interviewed hundreds of Taliban fighters, extremists, smugglers, law enforcement officials and intelligence agents. Peters also authored a policy report on the Taliban and the opium trade for the United States Institute of Peace, and covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade, first for The Associated Press and later as an award-winning reporter for ABC News. She has worked with other leading media outlets including the National Geographic Society, The Christian Science Monitor and The New Republic, and has become a regular commentator on NPR, CNN and countless other radio and television programs. In spring 2010, she will enter the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver to pursue a graduate degree combining security studies and criminal justice.

Seeds of Terror: How the Taliban and Al Qaeda are Morphing Into the World’s New Narco-Mafia Gretchen Peters is the author of “Seeds of Terror,” an international bestseller that traces the role