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U.S. Applies Colombia Antidrug Lessons to Afghanistan

Aug 31--As the United States retools its counternarcotics strategy in Afghanistan, officials are looking to Colombia for lessons.

31 de agosto de 2009

The two nations share many burdens: Colombia is the largest supplier of cocaine in the world, Afghanistan of opium. Both have impoverished rural communities easily enticed into trafficking webs. Both are vulnerable to the sway and command of insurgent groups that finance their fight with proceeds from the drug trade.

The parallels have led to calls for exporting elements of the nearly decade-old "Plan Colombia," the US-funded antinarcotics effort, to Afghanistan. Critics are wary. But it seems that, at least at the outset, the US is learning as much from its mistakes as from its successes in South America.
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