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    U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News - FOXNews.com

    KABUL American and Afghan forces seized 16.5 tons of drugs and killed 34 militants during a three-day operation against a key insurgent stronghold in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. military statement said Thursday.

    The seizure was one of the biggest by foreign troops in Afghanistan since 2001 and an indication of a nexus between the insurgency and the drug trade that fuels it.

    The narcotics were taken following an operation in the village of Marjah, a major drug-processing hub in Helmand province, which is the world's largest opium poppy producing region.

    "They hit them where it hurts the most in a main command node and in the wallet," said Col. Greg Julian, the chief U.S. military spokesman.

    During the operation, which started May 19, the troops also discovered 45 tons of ammonium nitrate, ammonium chloride and other material for homemade explosives, the statement said.

    A statement said forces discovered black tar opium, processed heroin and morphine all of which are derived from poppy plants.

    They also discovered a "massive supply of heroin-refining products," the statement said.

    For years, U.S. and other western officials have said the booming drug production in southern provinces, where insurgency is strongest and the government weakest, is funding the Taliban's war.

    The United Nations has warned that the Taliban and drug lords have pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars from the trade, which also feeds corruption among government officials.

    The massive drug production complicates efforts to effectively fight the Taliban, which have made a violent comeback in the last three years following their initial defeat in 2001.

    Attempting to reverse these trends, President Barack Obama has ordered most of the new 21,000 U.S. troops to join the fight in the south.

    During the operation in Marjah, the coalition troops killed 34 militants and seized weapons, communication equipment, Russian-made night vision goggles and U.S. military vehicle parts, the statement said.

    In other violence, seven militants died Wednesday after a firefight and airstrikes in the central Ghazni province, another U.S. military statement said.

    The joint force was after a Taliban subcommander involved in attacks in eastern Afghanistan. The wanted man, who was not identified, was detained.

    Another two militants were killed and six others detained after a clash near Helmand's capital of Lashkar Gah on Thursday.

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    re: U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxientius View Post
    U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News - FOXNews.com

    KABUL American and Afghan forces seized 16.5 tons of drugs and killed 34 militants during a three-day operation against a key insurgent stronghold in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. military statement said Thursday.

    The seizure was one of the biggest by foreign troops in Afghanistan since 2001 and an indication of a nexus between the insurgency and the drug trade that fuels it.

    The narcotics were taken following an operation in the village of Marjah, a major drug-processing hub in Helmand province, which is the world's largest opium poppy producing region.

    "They hit them where it hurts the most in a main command node and in the wallet," said Col. Greg Julian, the chief U.S. military spokesman.

    During the operation, which started May 19, the troops also discovered 45 tons of ammonium nitrate, ammonium chloride and other material for homemade explosives, the statement said.

    A statement said forces discovered black tar opium, processed heroin and morphine all of which are derived from poppy plants.

    They also discovered a "massive supply of heroin-refining products," the statement said.

    For years, U.S. and other western officials have said the booming drug production in southern provinces, where insurgency is strongest and the government weakest, is funding the Taliban's war.

    The United Nations has warned that the Taliban and drug lords have pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars from the trade, which also feeds corruption among government officials.

    The massive drug production complicates efforts to effectively fight the Taliban, which have made a violent comeback in the last three years following their initial defeat in 2001.

    Attempting to reverse these trends, President Barack Obama has ordered most of the new 21,000 U.S. troops to join the fight in the south.

    During the operation in Marjah, the coalition troops killed 34 militants and seized weapons, communication equipment, Russian-made night vision goggles and U.S. military vehicle parts, the statement said.

    In other violence, seven militants died Wednesday after a firefight and airstrikes in the central Ghazni province, another U.S. military statement said.

    The joint force was after a Taliban subcommander involved in attacks in eastern Afghanistan. The wanted man, who was not identified, was detained.

    Another two militants were killed and six others detained after a clash near Helmand's capital of Lashkar Gah on Thursday.

    It looks like things are picking-up. Hopefully the U.S. can smash the Taliban once and for all.

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    re: U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs

    It's not all good news, troops have been finding US made ammo and arms among the dead insurgents. This has produced a sudden flurry of activity in the military to properly document arms and ammo provided to Afghani soldiers, where the transfer of these supplies are suspected to occur.
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    fyi re: U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    It's not all good news, troops have been finding US made ammo and arms among the dead insurgents. This has produced a sudden flurry of activity in the military to properly document arms and ammo provided to Afghani soldiers, where the transfer of these supplies are suspected to occur.
    This has nothing to do with this thread.
    We are talking strictly about the combat gains and other ground made against expeling the Taliban.

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    re: U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxientius View Post
    This has nothing to do with this thread.
    We are talking strictly about the combat gains and other ground made against expeling the Taliban.
    It may not relate the way you want it to, but it is definitely relevant in assessing the campaign against the Taliban.
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    re: U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    It may not relate the way you want it to, but it is definitely relevant in assessing the campaign against the Taliban.
    So the Taliban have aquired US arms. Now the US loses its arms advantage but still has the advantage in troop training, protective gear, and MBT & APC quality.

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    re: U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxientius View Post
    U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News - FOXNews.com

    KABUL American and Afghan forces seized 16.5 tons of drugs and killed 34 militants during a three-day operation against a key insurgent stronghold in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. military statement said Thursday.

    The seizure was one of the biggest by foreign troops in Afghanistan since 2001 and an indication of a nexus between the insurgency and the drug trade that fuels it.

    The narcotics were taken following an operation in the village of Marjah, a major drug-processing hub in Helmand province, which is the world's largest opium poppy producing region.

    "They hit them where it hurts the most in a main command node and in the wallet," said Col. Greg Julian, the chief U.S. military spokesman.

    During the operation, which started May 19, the troops also discovered 45 tons of ammonium nitrate, ammonium chloride and other material for homemade explosives, the statement said.

    A statement said forces discovered black tar opium, processed heroin and morphine all of which are derived from poppy plants.

    They also discovered a "massive supply of heroin-refining products," the statement said.

    For years, U.S. and other western officials have said the booming drug production in southern provinces, where insurgency is strongest and the government weakest, is funding the Taliban's war.

    The United Nations has warned that the Taliban and drug lords have pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars from the trade, which also feeds corruption among government officials.

    The massive drug production complicates efforts to effectively fight the Taliban, which have made a violent comeback in the last three years following their initial defeat in 2001.

    Attempting to reverse these trends, President Barack Obama has ordered most of the new 21,000 U.S. troops to join the fight in the south.

    During the operation in Marjah, the coalition troops killed 34 militants and seized weapons, communication equipment, Russian-made night vision goggles and U.S. military vehicle parts, the statement said.

    In other violence, seven militants died Wednesday after a firefight and airstrikes in the central Ghazni province, another U.S. military statement said.

    The joint force was after a Taliban subcommander involved in attacks in eastern Afghanistan. The wanted man, who was not identified, was detained.

    Another two militants were killed and six others detained after a clash near Helmand's capital of Lashkar Gah on Thursday.
    Let's hope Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal can build upon this. I think he's the right man for the job at hand.
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    re: U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxientius View Post
    So the Taliban have aquired US arms. Now the US loses its arms advantage but still has the advantage in troop training, protective gear, and MBT & APC quality.
    We didn't lose the arms advantage necessarily. We still have the best guys behind the gun.
    *insert profound statement here*

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    re: U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxientius View Post
    So the Taliban have aquired US arms. Now the US loses its arms advantage but still has the advantage in troop training, protective gear, and MBT & APC quality.
    Taliban without arms are easier to kill.
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    re: U.S., Afghan Forces Take Key Taliban Stronghold, Seize 16.5 Tons of Drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    Let's hope Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal can build upon this. I think he's the right man for the job at hand.
    If he was the right man for the "job at hand" wouldnt the Afghan War be over or in its closing stages after so long?

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