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U.S. to hunt down Afghan drug lords tied to Taliban

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    This would be the next logical step ... follow the dollar, as Ben Bradlee said all those years ago.<blockquote>WASHINGTON — Fifty Afghans believed to be drug traffickers with ties to the Taliban have been placed on a Pentagon target list to be captured or killed, reflecting a major shift in American counternarcotics strategy in Afghanistan, according to a Congressional study to be released this week.

    United States military commanders have told Congress that they are convinced that the policy is legal under the military’s rules of engagement and international law. They also said the move is an essential part of their new plan to disrupt the flow of drug money that is helping finance the Taliban insurgency. . . .

    The generals told Senate staff members that two credible sources and substantial additional evidence were required before a trafficker was placed on the list, and only those providing support to the insurgency would be made targets.

    Currently, they said, there are about 50 major traffickers who contribute money to the Taliban on the list.

    “We have a list of 367 ‘kill or capture’ targets, including 50 nexus targets who link drugs and the insurgency,” one of the generals told the committee staff. . . .

    The shift in policy comes as the Obama administration, deep into the war in Afghanistan, makes significant changes to its strategy for dealing with that country’s lucrative drug trade, which provides 90 percent of the world’s heroin and has led to substantial government corruption. </blockquote>http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/10/world/asia/10afghan.html?_r=1&hp
     
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