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



    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.



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

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