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MoI Urges RS to Strike Opium Factories in Coordination with Police

(Last Updated On: November 21, 2017)

The Interior Ministry urges NATO mission in Afghanistan to launch attacks against opium factories in coordination with Deputy Ministry of Counter-Narcotics.

The U.S. Army General John Nicholson, a day earlier, at a press conference said that they have conducted strikes in northern Helmand to hit the Taliban “where it hurts, in their narcotics financing.”

The southern province of Helmand suffers heavy fighting and is the single-largest producer of opium.

Opium production in Afghanistan reached record highs this year, up 87 percent on last year, according to the United Nations recent estimations.

Nicholson said the attacks were part of U.S. new policy toward Afghanistan as Washington boosts troop numbers in the country.

“We want these operations [to continue], but we urge the operations should be conducted in coordination with the Deputy Ministry of Counter-Narcotics of the Interior Ministry,” said Najib Danish, the Acting Spokesman for the Interior Ministry.   

“We have some information which could be useful and productive in execution of these operations,” he added.  

This comes as, according to the U.S. top commander, the Taliban earn $200 million annually from drug trafficking. “They fight so that they can keep profiting from narcotics trade and other criminal activities,” Nicholson said.

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