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  • ‘The Gloves Are Off’: Top General Says U.S. Demolished $80 Million in Taliban Heroin Labs

    12/15/2017 3:09:50 AM PST · by smileyface · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Edwin Mora
    WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S.-NATO coalition in Afghanistan has pulverized 25 Taliban labs used to process opium and its deadly heroin derivative, depriving the narco-jihadists of $80 million in illegal drug proceeds in the first three weeks of an unprecedented counternarcotics air campaign. Since November 20, U.S. troops and their Afghan allies have been targeting the Taliban jihadists’ opium business in their Helmand stronghold, the top-poppy producing province in Afghanistan. Watch a M142 HIMARS conduct an artillery strike on a Taliban narcotics production facility in Helmand province Dec. 8, destroying nearly $1 million in direct Taliban revenues. "In the face...
  • Top US general says Taliban 'living in comfort' in Pakistan

    11/28/2017 9:23:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    While Nicholson acknowledged that the Pakistanis had taken military action against other violent extremist groups, he said that Islamabad needed to act against the Afghan Taliban, which has found sanctuary inside Pakistan since 2001. "The offensive operations against sanctuaries would be in other areas that we've identified with the Pakistani leadership on a number of occasions," he said. The general would not say how much time the US would allow for Pakistan to change its behavior before taking additional actions to compel Islamabad to crack down on Afghan Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan. "As you've heard our president say, as you've...
  • Drugs are killing so many people in Ohio that cold-storage trailers are being used as morgues

    03/18/2017 9:26:32 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 365 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2017
    By about 3 p.m. Friday, a county morgue in east Ohio was already full — and more bodies were expected. Rick Walters, an investigator for the Stark County coroner's office, had just left for two death scenes: a suicide and an overdose. From the road, he called the director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to ask for help. He needed more space, he explained — specifically, a cold-storage trailer to act as an overflow morgue. As with much of the United States, Ohio is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic that shows no signs of abating.
  • China busts 35 restaurants using opium poppies as seasoning

    01/21/2016 10:52:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2016 1:04 AM EST
    Thirty-five restaurants across China, including a popular Beijing hot pot chain, have been found illegally using opium poppies as seasoning, one of the more unusual practices bedeviling the country's food regulators. Five restaurants are being prosecuted while 30 others, ranging from Shanghai dumpling joints to noodle shops in southwestern Chongqing, are under investigation, said the China Food and Drug Administration. Cases of cooks sprinkling ground poppy powder, which contains low amounts of opiates like morphine and codeine, in soup and seafood are not new in China, though it is unclear whether they can effectively hook a customer or deliver a...
  • Why the poppies at the Tower have moved the nation (Brits go crazy over massive poppy display)

    11/08/2014 8:08:29 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 92 replies
    The Daily Express ^ | Sat, November 8, 2014 | Stephen Pollard
    It’s rare that any piece of art – let alone modern art – captures the imagination, and the hearts, of the entire nation. In my near 50 years on the planet I can’t think of anything that has come close to the impact of the sea of poppies at the Tower of london. Earlier this week I saw for myself the astonishing spectacle of another sea – the sea of men, women, boys and girls who have queued up in vast numbers to see the poppies with their own eyes. But even the majority of us who have seen the...
  • In Flanders Fields the Poppies Bloom

    05/28/2012 11:58:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2012 | Jeff Carter
    Every Memorial Day, I try to read this poem. If you have a moment, please go to the website, My Memorial Day and record a video. It means a lot to the people that have served, or are serving. At the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, they will have Memorial Day rememberances. If you are on Facebook, here is the museum’s Facebook page. Like it. Here is the poem. It was actually written during World War One. But it’s great to remember and dedicate the fallen of any war. Mind you, the idea is not to...
  • Afghanistan Opium Cultivation Rises 7%

    10/11/2011 1:02:42 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 11 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 11, 2011 | Tom A. Peter
    After 10 years of war, Afghanistan remains the world’s leading opium supplier, responsible for 90 percent of the global supply. Opium cultivation rose by 7 percent in 2011 compared with last year. Opium production also climbed 61 percent this year. A crop blight destroyed much of Afghanistan’s opium harvest last year causing a decrease in opium production and creating a simultaneous spike in prices. Higher prices led to much speculation that more Afghan farmers would turn to the crop this year, which has indeed proved to be the case. UN officials estimate that 10 percent of opium harvest proceeds reach...
  • Fort Bragg Suspect Wanted in Second Murder, Was Growing Opium Poppies (killed councilman Melo)

    08/31/2011 6:21:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    SFist ^ | 8/31/11 | Jay Barmann
    Fort Bragg Suspect Wanted in Second Murder, Was Growing Opium PoppiesBy Jay Barmann in News on August 31, 2011 2:30 PM Aaron Bassler, suspected of shooting Fort Bragg city councilman Jere Melo last Saturday, remains at large, and now his father has come forward to tell reporters that his son is schizophrenic, and that he was likely responsible for a second murder that occurred 30 miles away on August 11. James Bassler says his son had refused psychiatric treatment, and had moved into the woods after going broke four months ago. Furthermore, investigators have found two small poppy fields in...
  • Home-Court Advantage

    03/11/2011 5:12:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2011 | Michael Gerson
    HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Until five months ago, Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin was an island in a Taliban sea. Patrol bases were ringed by Taliban flags, about 100 to 200 meters out, to dramatize the state of siege. Everywhere beyond the main road was enemy sanctuary. Each spring the fertile land along the Helmand River bloomed red with poppies from horizon to horizon. Thirty-five drug processing labs helped fund the Taliban. In October about 1,500 Marines arrived, took the offensive, pushed into the territory -- and sustained the highest casualties of the Afghan War. During the first three...
  • Egyptian Minister Says Van Gogh Picture Still Missing ($50 Mln 'Poppies' Stole in Cairo)

    08/21/2010 9:31:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 August, 2010
    A Van Gogh painting worth $50 million stolen from a Cairo museum is still missing, Egypt's culture minister says. Earlier Farouk Hosni had said two Italians had been arrested at Cairo airport, and the small canvas found. But later he said he had been given "inaccurate" information, and the painting was still missing. The painting - known as both Poppy Flowers and Vase And Flowers - was "cut from its frame" at the Mahmoud Khalil Museum on Saturday, Mr Hosni said. Two Italians had been arrested at Cairo airport later in the day, after earlier visiting the museum. The state...
  • The Buzz: Whitman campaign brings flower power to governor's race

    06/25/2010 7:54:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/25/10 | Torey Van Oot
    Meg Whitman's poppy campaign carries unfortunate implicationsFlower power has entered the gubernatorial race.Instead of bumper stickers blaring the candidate's name, Republican Meg Whitman is offering female supporters a "free poppy decal to put on your car, computer or window!" The poppy stickers will go to anyone who signs up with Whitman's MEGaWomen coalition, the campaign's effort to rally female voters. . . . The California poppy, the state flower, is a central image in Whitman's campaign, representing "all that Meg values about California: prosperity, renewal, unity," according to the campaign website. . . . But the symbolism behind the flowers...
  • As Afghan Opium Blight Spreads, Farmers' Lives Wilt

    05/19/2010 1:15:42 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 28 replies · 1,009+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | May 18 2010 | Mohammad Elyas Daee, Abubakar Siddique
    LASHKAR GAH -- Aziz Ahmad is a deeply worried man. With two wives and seven children at home, the 30-year-old farmer depends entirely on his opium-poppy crop to make a living. This year, it's proving to be an increasingly difficult task. First, falling water tables stunted his crop. Then a mysterious blight emerged to destroy most of what remained. In a normal growing season, Ahmad's 4-hectare plot in the Washer district of Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province yields 100 kilograms of opium -- enough to cover his debts and ensure his family's survival over the winter. This year he managed to...
  • Afghanistan opium poppies hit by mysterious disease

    05/13/2010 4:13:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 713+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/10 | AFP
    KABUL (AFP) – As the pink poppy fields of southern Afghanistan yield their sticky harvest, opium production in the country that supplies the world with heroin is set to fall, farmers and officials say. That's good news for the fight against the multi-billion-dollar drugs trade but it could be bad news for Afghan farmers struggling to feed their families as the war against Taliban insurgents and drugs gangs escalates. "This year we had less poppy cultivation, which I think was because of our public awareness campaign which we launched before cultivation started," said Gul Mohammad, head of the counter-narcotics department...
  • Alarm over anthrax-tainted heroin

    01/19/2010 12:50:04 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 35 replies · 1,091+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 20 January 2010 | anon
    The health ministry in France has issued a warning after eight people died and seven fell sick in two European countries from using heroin contaminated by anthrax. "Since December 6, there have been 15 confirmed cases of anthrax among heroin users, 14 in Scotland and one in Germany," the ministry's General Directorate for Health (DGS) said in a statement. "Eight people died," it said. "The likeliest source is heroin contaminated by anthrax spores." Most of the casualties had injected the heroin, but others also inhaled it or smoked it. Anthrax is a potentially lethal bacterium that exists naturally in the...
  • U.S. MARINES PROTECT AFGHAN’S POPPY FIELDS

    07/07/2009 4:56:18 PM PDT · by Psion · 49 replies · 1,971+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | July 7, 2009 | Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
    Obama’s First Order: Don’t Hurt the Heroin byPaul L. Williams, Ph.D.thelastcrusade.org Obama's agenda; Narco-Nation Building Hey, guys, don’t pick the poppies. That’s the order from the Obama Administration to the 4,000 Marines presently engaged in Operation Khanjar or “Strike of the Sword,” an invasion of the Taliban infested Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. The Marines of Bravo’s Company 1st Platoon sleep beside groves of poppies Troops of the 2nd Platoon walk through the fields on strict orders not to swat the heavy opium bulbs. The Afghan farmers and laborers, who are engaged in scraping the resin from the bulbs, smile...
  • Stoned wallabies causing crop circles

    06/24/2009 8:25:49 PM PDT · by cavador · 20 replies · 1,354+ views
    http://bigpondnews.com ^ | Thursday, June 25, 2009 » 10:01am | Rick Rockliff
    Stoned wallabies causing crop circles Tasmanian wallabies are getting stoned on the state's opium poppy crops and creating crop circles. Things are really hopping in Tasmania where wallabies are getting stoned on the state's opium poppy crops and creating crop circles. The wallabies are breaking into the poppy fields and making the circles while they're high. Rick Rockliff from Tasmanian Alkaloids says wildlife and livestock which eat the poppies are known to act weird, and he's told the Hobart Mercury there's been many stories about sheep eating the poppies and then walking around in circles. Tasmania is the world's largest...
  • Poppies prep for festival weekend

    04/23/2009 12:09:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 259+ views
    Valley Press ^ | Thursday, April 23, 2009. | RICH BREAULT
    LANCASTER [CALIFORNIA] - Poppies popped up Wednesday at Lancaster City Park. So did painted antelopes and ferocious-looking dinosaurs - all in preparation for this weekend's annual California Poppy Festival. "We've been planting poppy plants all week and will be planting about 500 plants today," said Jeff Campbell, recreation supervisor for Lancaster's Parks, Recreation and Arts Department. "And we'll probably be planting through Friday. "The tents for the festival started going up Monday and have been going up non-stop every day so far this week," Campbell said. "All told, we'll have about 175 tents. In the northwest area of the festival...
  • Freak weather destroys Afghan poppies (Climate Change Strikes Again!)

    04/27/2008 5:53:44 PM PDT · by milwguy · 16 replies · 63+ views
    solar cycle24 ^ | 4/27/2008 | Jerome Starkey
    Faltering British efforts to tackle Afghanistan's poppy crop have found an unlikely ally – in the weather. is expected to reduce parts of the country's opium harvest drastically. Scientists believe freezing winter temperatures followed by late rains and a possible drought may cut this year's yields, with some farmers losing half of their crop. The fierce winter cold – which claimed hundreds of lives across Afghanistan – is thought to have stopped millions of poppy seeds from germinating. Late rains have then stunted many of the plants that survived.
  • 1st poppy pops up at preserve

    03/08/2008 1:34:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies · 635+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, March 8, 2008.
    Out on Lancaster's west side sits the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Downtown, at the State Parks Mojave Desert Information Center, senior park aide Judy Elgin fields phone call after phone call inquiring about the reserve. "Almost every call we get this time of the year is, 'Are there poppies yet?' When I tell them there are no poppies yet, some people are really disappointed," Elgin said. However, since Wednesday, Elgin doesn't have to disappoint callers - the reserve has its first poppy of the season. The 1,800-acre reserve, on Lancaster Road (Avenue I) at approximately 150th Street West, might...
  • Afghan Opium

    03/02/2008 11:02:47 AM PST · by gandalftb · 10 replies · 103+ views
    Villagers in remote areas of Badakhshan Province, north-eastern Afghanistan, have been using opium as a substitute for medicine for years. They are oblivious to the harm it can do to their health. There is no official data about the number of drug addicts in Badakhshan. However, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) says one million people are addicted to drugs there, 45,000 of whom are women. This video short shows a women’s opium smoking session in the village of Jukhan, tucked away in mountainous Badakhshan. While efforts are being made to rehabilitate drug addicts in the village,...