Tuesday, September 8, 2009

| Largest drug bust in history in Afghanistan 92 tons

The combined forces of the NATO and Afghanistan-led military forces seized 92 tons of opium poppy seeds and other drugs, "severely disrupting" a key narcotics center and command base of the insurgency.

The operation in Helmand province Friday, ended overnight when precision air strikes obliterated the drugs. The area was emptied of civilians overnight on Friday, before precision airstrikes were launched, the statement said.

Masses of heroin-processing chemicals and bomb-making materials collected in the sweep of Marja, southwest of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, were also destroyed by the air strikes according to U.S. military.

"A total of 60 militants were eliminated as they mounted an ineffective and uncoordinated defense against friendly forces," a joint US and Afghan military statement said, issuing a final tally for the whole operation.

The international and Afghan forces then seized the poppy seeds, along with tar opium, processed morphine, heroin and hashish The statement said the troops had "seized the single-largest drug cache by Afghan-led forces in Afghanistan to date".

more info-->>>American Chronicle | Largest drug bust in history in Afghanistan 92 tons
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