THE WORLDPOST
04/07/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Afghans In Marjah Have A Drug Trade To Defend

It is the worst-kept secret in Afghanistan: The "major offensive" set to begin within days, if not hours, will be for Marjah, a district just 15 miles from Helmand's provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The military has been scattering leaflets in Marjah itself and broad hints everywhere else, seemingly hoping that the insurgents will follow recent patterns and melt away.

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