Britiske soldater avslørte et taliban-lager for narko til en verdi av 650 millioner kroner. Taliban er store på narko. Sammenhengen mellom de religiøse soldatene og kriminalitet er bevist.
In a helicopter borne strike 450 troops from The Black Watch accompanying 100 Afghan soldiers swooped on the drugs centre in Helmand.
A number of Taliban were killed during the night attack in the Upper Sangin Valley and one British soldier was shot in the arm by an enemy sniper.
The operation has been hailed as a significant blow against the Taliban which uses the drugs trade to fund its insurgency.
After an initial firefight, in which the Taliban sniper hit a British soldier, the troops broke into compounds where they found 5,500 kilograms of opium paste which would have a street value in Britain of £55 million. They also discovered 100kg of heroin worth £5 million, 220kg of morphine and 148kg of cannabis.
The drug manufacturers were also armed with eight AK47 guns, three pistols and almost 1000 rounds of ammunition.
«This represents a significant setback for the insurgency in Helmand Province,» said Lt Col Stephen Cartwright, commanding officer of The Black Watch, 3rd Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
«The link between the insurgents and the narcotics industry is proven as militants use the money derived from the drug trade as a principle source of funding to arm themselves with weapons and conduct their campaign of intimidation and violence. By destroying this opium and the drug making facilities we are directly target their fighting capability.»