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WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To stabilize Afghanistan, President Barack Obama has called for a surge of American and NATO troops. His counternarcotics strategy, a major departure from previous ineffective and counterproductive policies, is also crucial to the war effort.
By TORCUIL CRICHTON A SCHEME to turn parts of war-torn Helmand province in Afghanistan into an agricultural food basket exporting worldwide are being drawn up by the Ministry of Defence under ambitious plans to supplant the opium production that funds the Taliban .
By Yousuf Azmiy KABUL (Reuters) - Drugs pose a far greater threat to Afghanistan than terrorism but the international community is not doing enough to tackle the scourge, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday.
Afghan farmer Abdul Ghani looks over his field carpeted in small, green plants and knows this crop will feed his family.
By Ed Cropley PHONGSALI, Laos (Reuters) - The mountains of northern Laos have changed color. In the past five years, the opium poppy fields that for the last two centuries lent splashes of color to the pervading green of the jungle have become a thing of the past.
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NATO's top commander said on Monday he doubted Taliban and al Qaeda forces were capable of posing a serious insurgent threat as the alliance expands its Afghanistan operations, calling narcotics the top worry. NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen.
By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opium production and trafficking make up a third of Afghanistan's economy, and security issues and corruption hamper efforts to eradicate the drug, the State Department said on Wednesday.
By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan opium cultivation has fallen by 21 percent this year largely because of efforts by the government to persuade farmers to stop, including a threat to destroy fields, and low prices, a U.N. narcotics official said.
By Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Annual worldwide illegal drug salesare greater than the gross domestic product of 88 percent ofthe countries in the world, the U.N. said on Wednesday. "This is not a small enemy against which we struggle.
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