April 28th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

2 tons of opium confiscated

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan authorities on Wednesday seized more than two tons of opium during a patrol, officials said.

The huge cache of drugs was found in the Reg-e Khan Heshin district of Helmand province, according to a news release. FULL POST

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April 7th, 2010
08:50 AM ET

Report: Problems managing anti-drug aircraft in Afghanistan, Pakistan

WASHINGTON - The State Department has problems managing dozens of planes and helicopters it uses in the fight against illegal drugs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a new Inspector General's report.

The report, made public this week, focuses on the operations of the little-known air wing of the State Department in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with more than 30 aircraft and hundreds of contract employees. It praises the overall effectiveness of the counter-narcotics operations but says the department needs better oversight to stop cost over-runs, management problems and inefficiencies. The air wing's duties run from poppy eradication in Afghanistan to airlift missions for the Pakistan government. FULL POST

April 5th, 2010
09:23 AM ET
March 31st, 2010
08:08 AM ET

U.N.: Afghanistan 'world's biggest producer of hashish'

A U.N. report says Afghanistan, the world's biggest producer of opium, is a "major producer of cannabis" and "the world's biggest producer of hashish."

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime's Afghanistan Cannabis Survey issued Wednesday documented large-scale cannabis cultivation in half of Afghanistan's 34 provinces. FULL POST

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