U.S. Increasing Counter-Narcotics Efforts in Afghanistan

With opium production soaring — and funding Taliban activities — the U.S. is sending dozens of DEA agents to help break trafficking rings, a shift in policy from crop eradication.

By Josh Meyer July 20, 2009

“Reporting from Washington — The U.S. government is deploying dozens of Drug Enforcement Administration agents to Afghanistan in a new kind of “surge,” targeting trafficking networks that officials say are increasingly fueling the Taliban insurgency and corrupting the Afghan government.”

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