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RFE: Afghanistan: Multipronged Drug-Eradication Effort Set For Helmand

Author: Ahto Lobjakas
January 30, 2007


Transcript of an interview by Radio Free Europe with Mark Norton, first secretary for counternarcotics at the British Embassy in Afghanistan, focussing on the coming poppy-eradication campaign in southern Helmand Province—targeting roughly one-tenth of the opium-poppy crops that provide about half of the heroin that reaches Europe. NATO forces will support the effort, which includes about 600 Afghan and auxiliary police, along with a force assembled by Helmand Governor Assadullah Wafa.

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