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Presidential Palace Report that US, Afghan forces bombed Taliban narcotics labs in Helmand province

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The US and Afghan forces for the first time under the new strategy targeted  Taliban narcotics labs in southern of Afghanistan, a movie aimed to cut Taliban funding Sources, US and Afghan official said on Monday.

In the presidential statement, the destruction of drug production centers has been mentioned as part of the fight against terrorism and the black economy as one of the major sources of terrorism financing.

The declaration emphasizes that the fight against drugs is one of the strategic goals of the Afghan government, adding that drugs have been harmed and endangered by millions of people.

The joined operations in which B-52 and F-22 Raptors were also used and conducted in several Taliban  controlled areas in southern Helmand province to target at least  eight Taliban drug processing Facilities , US Forces commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson told  a press confine in Kabul on Monday.

The Operation were held by the US forces under new authorities, granted by the new US policy in Afghanistan that now allowing the troops to directly go and target the narcotics networks who are linked and funding Taliban, the General Said.

After this the US Forces will be targeting Taliban linked narcotics processing Factories, Trafficking and processing organizations and transportation facilities and leadership, something which before this US Forces were not allowed to that. We are not targeting the farmers he said. 

At least eight Taliban Factories were destroyed in Sangin, Kajaki, Nawzad, district of Helmand last night where the Taliban control more area than other province.

John Nicholson said Taliban gradually becoming criminal organizations and they keep fighting to profit from narcotics.