Hundreds of British and Afghan troops have seized heroin and drug-making chemicals in Afghanistan with a street value of more than USD 71 million. British Defense Secretary John Hutton praised the troops' bravery and said the seizures in Helmand province would starve the Taliban of funding. The raids on four drug factories, involving 700 troops, would also stop the drugs reaching UK streets, he said. News of the raids came as the BBC obtained emails from a UK official working in Helmand estimating that 60 percent of Afghan police in the province use drugs. (BBC)

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