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4 more drug factories bombed in Helmand

4 more drug factories bombed in Helmand

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Nov 22, 2017 - 15:41

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): US forces for a second time bombed another four narcotics making factories of Talibaninfo-icon militants in southern Helmand province, the provincial government said on Wednesday, but the rebels said they owned no such facilities.

The governor’s house of Helmand province in a statement said the American forces targeted four more Taliban drugs factories in Bahramcha area of Desho district last night and a key centre of the insurgents.

The statement said the four factories and drugs inside were completely destroyed in the airstrikes in the area where a key center of the Taliban was also bombed.

Fifteen rebels were killed and five others were wounded and their weapons and ammunition destroyed in the blitz.

The initial strikes, which began Sunday and were ongoing Monday, were carried out in three districts of Helmand as part of the US new strategy under President Trump to target Taliban revenue streams

Speaking to the Pentagon press corps via satellite from his headquarters in Kabulinfo-icon, NATOinfo-icon and US forces top commander in Afghanistaninfo-icon Gen. John Nicholson said Monday that Afghan A-29 warplanes launched the operation. They were followed by B-52 bombers, advanced F-22 fighters, unmanned aircraft and Marine Corps rocket fire.“There are many, many targets that have been identified,” Nicholson said. “We are striking some, and we will continue to strike these targets as we further refine them.”

Another to another report, Afghan forces backed by US counterparts raided a Taliban centre in Laskargah, the provincial capital, last night, killing 10 rebels, including two commanders Rahmani and Saddam.

The joint raid was carried out in the Loya Hadera area in the limits of the city’s fourth police district involving Afghan commandos.

Meanwhile, the Taliban said they run no factory processing drugs in the country and rejected the NATO commander’s claims.

In a statement, the Taliban said they had no role in cultivating or processing drugs in the country.

“The worldinfo-icon knows during our regime, we brought the drugs cultivation and production to zero.”

The rebels alleged a large number of civilians suffered casualties in the airstrikes on drugs labs.

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