Forces are going after revenue streams of enemies and terrorists like the Taliban. US military, and others, attacked opium laboratories using air strikes in Afghanistan.
(CNN)Under the previous administration the US could only target the Taliban under certain specific circumstances.
“The new authorities allow me to go after the revenue streams of the enemy,” [Gen. John, commander of US forces in Afghanistan] Nicholson said Monday.
According to Gen. Nicholson, the new policy refrains from attacking the poppy fields because, it said, farmers are often forced “to grow the illicit crop.”
The article says it is “estimated that opium production in Afghanistan had increased by 87% in 2017” – which supplies “85% of the world’s opium.”