Thursday, February 22, 2007

Threat to the Troops Over Eradication Operation

An article entitled Taliban warlord's threat to troops, by Tom Coghlan of The Telegraph (UK) discusses a threat made by an Afghan warlord regarding the upcoming poppy eradication operation.

"A Taliban commander has told The Daily Telegraph of his plans to sabotage a British-backed operation to eradicate the poppy crop in southern Afghanistan ... he intends to defend the poppy fields of Helmand province to exploit dissatisfaction among locals ... Afghan police will start to plough poppy fields on Saturday ... Nato sources said attacks on the eradication police would force British troops to intervene. Tribal elders have threatened a violent backlash if eradication takes place"

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