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UN fears Afghan opium crisis is out of control

September 29, 2018
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AFGHANISTAN’S escalating opium crisis has prompted calls from theUnited Nations for NATO forces to use ‘robust military action’ todestroy the opium industry in the country’s south. – (Sydney Morning Herald — 14 September, 2006)
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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Afghanistan will hauntthe West if it fails to support its pursuit of security anddemocracy. – (The Age — 14 September, 2006)
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The United States is now paying the price for having left Afghanistan on its own after Soviet forces finally left the country in the late 1980s, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday. (CNN — 14 September, 2006)
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NATO members have failed to respond to a call from military commanders for reinforcements to try to quell the Taliban insurgency in southern Afghanistan, an alliance spokesman said. (CNN — 14 September, 2006)
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Antonio Maria Costa, the United Nations anti-drug chief, urged NATO to take “robust military action” to destroy Afghanistan’s opium industry, and asked for the destruction of heroin laboratories and opium convoys as well as arrests of drug dealers. (International Herald Tribune — 13 September, 2006)
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Nato states do not make formal offers to provide 2,500 reinforcements for its mission in Afghanistan. (BBC News — 14 September, 2006)
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NATO generals failed to win the 2,500 extra troops they say are urgently needed to help crush the growing Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, where the alliance said 173 people have been killed in suicide attacks this year. (International Herald Tribune — 14 September, 2006)
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NATO and Afghan forces have pushed Taliban insurgents out of a southern Afghan district after a two-week operation in which NATO says more than 400 militants have been killed The Taliban and thei (ABC News — 3 hours ago)
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A battle between insurgents and soldiers with the International Security Assistance Force in the Uruzgan province of central Afghanistan ended with 17 insurgents dead and no ISAF casualties Friday night, the ISAF said. (CNN — 6 hours ago)
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Nato says a two-week operation has driven Taleban militants from a stronghold in southern Afghanistan. (BBC News — 56 minutes ago)
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The military campaign against the Taliban could last for another three to five years the British commander of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan says Lieutenant-General David Richards who le (ABC News — 18 hours ago)
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KARABAGH, Afghanistan — When Mahmad Naib ventured back to his village, north of Kabul, after U.S. warplanes and Afghan fighters drove out the Taliban militia in November 2001, he found little but scorched earth. The grapevines were dead, the houses looted, the mosque in ruins and the magnificent… (Washington Post — 42 minutes ago)
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