U.S. Cancels Anti-Opium Airstrike Program in Afghanistan

U.S. Cancels Anti-Opium Airstrike Program in Afghanistan
Rob Ostermaier/The Daily Press via AP

After hundreds of airstrikes failed to curtail the Taliban's $200 million-a-year opium trade, the U.S. military quietly ended a yearlong campaign that targeted drug labs and networks laced around the Afghan countryside.

The end of the operation, code-named Iron Tempest, comes as Trump Administration officials engage in direct peace talks with Taliban leaders that could end the 17-year-old war.

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