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Saturday, May 05, 2007 

Canadian Troops Walk Fine Line With Afghan Opium Farmers - Take No Part In Eradication

Canadian troops in Afghanistan walk through opium poppy fields.
(photo: Veronique de Viguerie/WpN)

Canadian soldiers play no role in poppy eradication in Afghanistan. In fact, our soldiers take pains to distance themselves from the poppy-eradication teams of the Karzai government.

It's simple self-preservation. Local farmers who depend on the poppy crop for their livelihood are a critical source of invaluable intelligence, such as the movements of local Taliban insurgents and where improvised explosive devices are planted.



I will try to locate another link with the Veronique de Viguerie photo.

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