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In Afghanistan, US Destroys $80M in Drug Money During Counter-Taliban Campaign

American military officials say the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan has destroyed 25 illegal drug-processing laboratories in Helmand province, eliminating $80 million in narcotics money during the first three weeks of an air campaign aimed at countering Taliban revenue. Speaking via teleconference from Kabul, U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Lance Bunch told reporters $16 million of the $80 million in destroyed funds was set for “direct revenue” to the drug lords’ Taliban partners. The air campaign marks the first time in 16 years that counter-Taliban forces have used air power to…

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