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US deploy crack squads, beef up air power to fight Afghan drug trade

The United States will deploy crack anti-drug squads, beef up interdiction air power and tighten border surveillance to combat burgeoning opium production in Afghanistan, officials said. The narcotics problem “is perhaps the greatest obstacle to our goal of seeing Afghanistan become a peaceful, prosperous country that never again harbors terrorists like those who attacked” the United States on September 11, 2001, US State Department official Maureen Quinn told Congress. “Although we have seen some evidence of short-term success on counternarcotics in the past few months, it is important that we not let up,” said Quinn, the department’s coordinator for Afghanistan, the world’s number one source of heroin. Full Story

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