31 May '12, 4pm

Troops working to eradicate poppy fields in Afghanistan.

Troops working to eradicate poppy fields in Afghanistan.

FOB SHAMULZAI, Afghanistan (May 29, 2012) -- Afghan National Army and 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Soldiers, teamed up earlier this month to locate and destroy several acres of opium poppy fields. Opium poppy is a species of plant which is the source of many narcotics, including morphine, and its derivative heroin. Opium poppy has been used by the insurgency to finance their attacks on Afghan National Security Forces, also known as ANSF, and International Security Assistance Forces, or ISAF, for more than a decade. The discovery by Afghan National Security Forces, and subsequent destruction, of such a significant amount of opium poppy is noteworthy because of the message it sends to the insurgents who facilitate its growth. "It sends a message that ANSF and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, or GIROA, are going to target the Taliban's financing of their ins...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/80709/Troops_working_to_eradi...

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