The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is launching an urgent new initiative to confront the exploding Afghan heroin trade, which officials fear will generate millions of dollars for al-Qaeda-linked groups. Code-named Operation Containment, the DEA effort will open offices in Kabul and the Uzbek capital of Tashkent to monitor the bustling northern smuggling route to Russia. The agency's offices in Turkey are being expanded to intensify monitoring of heroin traffic to Western Europe. Stateside, FBI officials have established new narco-terrorism squads in New York City and other field offices, and are expanding domestic investigations into drug rings with links to al-Qaeda,...
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