Drug Crop Could Fuel Taliban Attacks

Bumper poppy crop in Afghanistan could fuel Taliban attacks: US general

A bumper poppy crop in Afghanistan will help fund the Taliban and likely lead to fresh attacks on Afghan security forces after the harvest, a United States (US) general said Thursday.

Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, a senior spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, said fighting in Helmand province had actually dipped in recent weeks while members of the Taliban harvest poppy fields ─ but warned the lull was temporary.

We should have set fire to all of those fields while we were active over there.

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