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Afghan drugs trade funds terrorists

Prime Minister warns Russia that trade in narcotics is being used to fund terror groups. Tony Blair appealed to the Russians yesterday to help fight the international drugs trade, which he fears has become a major source of funds for terrorists. The Prime Minister admitted that large quantities of heroin are still being produced in the poppy fields of Afghanistan, despite the war that overthrew the Taliban regime. His comments in St Petersburg also implied that criminal gangs from the former Soviet Union are involved in the drugs trade. Mr Blair urged Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, to find a political solution to Russia’s long-running conflict with the Muslim republic of Chechnya. Militant Chechens fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Chechen gangs are suspected of playing a big role in organised crime. Full Story

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