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Afghan forces destroy 1,300 kg of marijuana

An Afghan National Security Forces member watches a marijuana cache burn Feb. 16, 2014, after ANSF seized the drugs during a clearing operation in Kandahar province’s Zharay district, Afghanistan. Members of the Afghan National Army, Afghan Uniformed Police, and National Interdiction Unit found and destroyed more than 1,300 kilograms of hashish, a resin product of marijuana, and its seed near the Tieranon village. By destroying the drugs, ANSF defund Taliban networks in the area, which sell the drugs as a primary means of income. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon McIntosh)
An Afghan National Security Forces member watches a marijuana cache burn Feb. 16, 2014, after ANSF seized the drugs during a clearing operation in Kandahar province’s Zharay district, Afghanistan. Members of the Afghan National Army, Afghan Uniformed Police, and National Interdiction Unit found and destroyed more than 1,300 kilograms of hashish, a resin product of marijuana, and its seed near the Tieranon village. By destroying the drugs, ANSF defund Taliban networks in the area, which sell the drugs as a primary means of income. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon McIntosh)

KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces destroyed more than 1,300 kilograms of marijuana during a clearing operation Feb. 16 in Kandahar province’s Zharay district.

Members of the Afghan National Army, Afghan Uniformed Police, and National Interdiction Unit found about 900 kilograms of the drug as hashish, a resin product of marijuana, and about 400 kilograms of its seed near the Tieranon village.

“The operation was a huge success,” said ANA 1st Lt. Naeen Khan, executive officer of Company A., 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps. “It sends a message to the people that our security forces are working hard to establish peace by accomplishing missions like this.”

By finding large drugs caches, ANSF help defund Taliban networks, which use drugs as a primary means of funding, said Khan.

“Civilians must not grow or use drugs because it helps the Taliban both with money, to fund their attacks, and manipulates the people,” he said. “If the people are always influenced by drugs, they cannot think straight and make good decisions,” said Khan.

ANSF detained two suspected insurgents found near the drugs. The suspects are in custody of Afghan officials.

“Our people are tired of war and this is the only way I know how to help my people, by capturing and destroying these drugs I am enabling my people to be free and peaceful,” said Khan.

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