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

Author: Ahto Lobjakas
January 30, 2007

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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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