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FILE -- In this April 21, 2014 file photo, Afghan farmers harvest opium, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. For the past month, the Taliban have held control over most of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where the majority of the world’s opium is grown -- and as insurgent attacks intensify around the provincial …

Watchdog: Afghans Turn to Heroin Production for Job Security

The historic production of opium and its heroin derivative in Afghanistan — with a record output value of up to $6.6 billion last year, or nearly a third of the country’s entire gross domestic product — appears to provide better prospects for job security than any other industry in the nation.

**FILE** A Taliban militant is seen with an AK- 47 rifle gun, right, as farmers collect resin from poppies in an opium poppy field in Naway district of Helmand province, southwest Afghanistan in a Friday, April 25, 2008 file photo. Drought and anti-drug campaigns helped slash Afghanistan's opium poppy cultivation …

U.S. Air Campaign Destroys $42 Million Worth of Taliban Heroin Profits

The unprecedented U.S.-led air campaign against the Taliban’s economic engine, opium and heroin, has destroyed 73 drug labs and deprived the narco-jihadist group of $42 million in proceeds since President Donald Trump authorized the operations in November.

A drug smuggler stands handcuffed as a police keep watch after being captured with 63 kilograms of drugs during a police operation in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan, November. 22, 2014Afghan policemen Afghan police seized over 630 kilograms of heroin and arrested one men during an operation. (Photo by Nasrullah Shirzada/NurPhoto) …

U.S. Revives Anti-Heroin Efforts in Afghanistan: Opium Seizures, Eradication Up

President Donald Trump’s administration has resuscitated the U.S.-backed efforts to combat the deadly opium crop and its heroin derivative in Afghanistan, triggering an increase in interdiction and eradication activity after counternarcotics operations nearly disappeared over the last few years.

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Woman Sentenced for Role in Texas Opioid ‘Pill Mill’

United States Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas announced Monday that a federal judge sentenced a Louisiana woman to six and a half years in prison for her role in a massive opioid “pill mill” ring.

Troops in Afghanistan. British and American soldiers Corporal Christopher Smith, 29, from Glasgow, 4 Scots (left) and Gunnery Sergeant Victor Lopez, 38, from Los Angeles, US Marine Core (right), mentor Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers from 3 Brigade 209 Kandak on marksmanship skills at ANA Camp Shorabak, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. …

U.S. to Deploy 300 Marines to Taliban Hotbed to Train Afghan Soldiers

An estimated 300 Marines are reportedly gearing up to deploy to the Taliban stronghold and top opium-producing province of Helmand, Afghanistan, as part of a task force expected to train members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

A firearm and 154 pounds of heroin worth at least $50 million are displayed at a Drug Enforcement Administration news conference, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in New York. The DEA called the heroin seizure its largest ever in New York state. Officials said on Tuesday that most of the drugs …

As Afghan Trade Booms, DEA Insists U.S. Heroin Is Mostly Mexican

Only an estimated one percent of the heroin seized by law enforcement in the United States originates from the Southwest Asia region that includes Afghanistan, the top producer of opium and heroin in the world, reports the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in its latest National Drug Threat Assessment.