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    Afghan and U.S. Special Operations Forces seize Taliban revenue in Helmand

    Afghan and U.S. Special Operations Forces seize Taliban revenue in Helmand

    Photo By Marty Schaeffer | Commandos with the 7th SOK seized a large cache of opium worth approximately $12.6...... read more read more

    AFGHANISTAN

    04.20.2018

    Story by Martha Schaeffer 

    Resolute Support Headquarters

    Afghanistan’s 777th Special Mission Wing provided air assault capability for the 7th Special Operations Kandak Commandos during a nighttime raid of a narcotics production facility in Helmand district, Afghanistan, Apr. 11-12, 2018. The Commandos seized a large cache of opium worth approximately $12.6 million in lost revenue to the Taliban. The facility contained 120 55-gallon fuel drums of raw opium, four barrels of pure heroin, 150 60-kg. bags of morphine base powder, 25 5-kg. bags of brown heroin, 25 50-kg. bags of opium heroin byproduct, and assorted narcotics processing equipment. Five Taliban fighters were detained during the operation.

    “Over 87%-90% of the Afghan people reject the Taliban,” said Gen. John Nicholson, NATO Resolute Support commander on Feb. 26. “This is not a popular insurgency.”

    Discovery of this narcotics production facility comes three weeks after the citizens of Lashkar Gah launched a large-scale protest to the Mar. 23 Taliban attack that killed more than a dozen Afghans during a wrestling match in Helmand’s provincial capital. The Lashkar Gah protest instigated a chain reaction with protests in more than 10 provinces calling for the Taliban to join the Afghan-led peace process.

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    Date Taken: 04.20.2018
    Date Posted: 04.22.2018 08:18
    Story ID: 273792
    Location: AF

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