Air strikes expands

KABUL – American and Afghan forces have expanded their air strikes against drug labs into western Afghanistan, aiming to choke Taliban revenue.

Air strikes in Afghanistan, the world’s main heroin source, also threaten civilians, however, and may not be an effective blow to the Taliban militant group, an expert on the country’s drug industry said. The campaign targeting Afghan drug labs began as opium production jumped 87 per cent last year to a record high in Afghanistan. The Taliban, which US officials say controls the drug trade, has made large territorial gains since a US troop reduction of recent years.

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