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Russia seeks U.S. help in fight against heroin epidemic

-Russia's top drugs adviser has called on the United States to use its troop surge into Afghanistan to help stem the flow of drugs entering its borders, as heroin addiction reaches epidemic levels.

Last week President Barack Obama announced plans to send an extra 30,000 U.S. troops to the region in an effort to stabilize the Afghan government by defeating the Taliban, who are believed to be heavily involved in the country's burgeoning drugs trade.

However the strategy of destroying the poppy fields of southern Afghanistan, which yield the heroin flooding out of the country, is now viewed as counterproductive by the U.S.-led coalition because it drives farmers into the hands of the Taliban.

Last year the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimated that Afghan poppy farmers earned around $730 million, making it a hugely lucrative cash crop.


Added: Dec-9-2009 Occurred On: Dec-9-2009
By: demirtas1
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  • Sure we will help Russia as long as they give 300,000 troops to help us there. Gee. That would be just wonderful.

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  • Help?... The US caused it when they jacked up opium production after the 2002 invasion.

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  • usa runs the heroin trade in that region.

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  • Dear Russia, We would be more than happy to help you with this problem that you can't seem to control. It's the least we can do for all of the help that we received from you with our requests for help in the Mideast. Sending missiles , suffistacated radar systems and aircraft-carrier battle groups to the murdering government of Syria. And of coarse the help with Iran's nuclear bomb ambitions. So I was thinking, maybe us, we the people, of , The United States of America, could have a benefit and More..

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  • I've said it before, and i'll say it again. If the USA and Russia, became allies and joined armed forces, it would be UNSTOPPABLE!

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  • Every year the harvest is bigger than the previous one.
    No matter if troops where there you cannot fuck with the drug lord over there.
    The purity is getting even better according to statistics.

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