US targets Taliban drug labs under new Afghan strategy

November 20, 2017 08:22 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. general in Afghanistan says American aircraft have targeted drug producing facilities for the first time under a new strategy aimed at cutting off Taliban funding.


Gen. John Nicholson said Monday that the raids involving an F-22 bomber were carried out the day before in the southern Helmand province. He says the insurgents generate an estimated $200 million a year from poppy cultivation and opium production.

He says he has been ordered to target drug facilities under a new strategy announced by President Donald Trump in August.

A joint survey released by the U.N. and the Afghan government found that opium production has almost doubled this year compared to 2016, while areas that are under poppy cultivation rose by 63 percent.


Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Relay Media Amp


Holiday Highlights


Like Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on LinkedIn Follow Us on Google+ RSS Email Newsletters Android Apps iOS Apps

Family seeks answers after woman's death in August

Police chief tells command staff to give up bonuses

Police: Man arrested after Sunday road rage incident

Other schools provide support for Aztec High

Should mass shooters' names be in the headlines?