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DRUGS WORTH $2 MILLION SEIZED; SEVEN ARRESTED

Afghan police and forces from the U.S.-led military coalition seized $2 million worth of illegal drugs and detained seven suspected smugglers, the American military said Saturday.

The security forces netted the 1,056 pounds of drugs last Sunday near Afghanistan's northwestern frontier, which borders Iran and Turkmenistan, the military said.

U.S. commanders have promised to crack down on Afghanistan's illegal narcotics industry, which has boomed since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and last year supplied about 87 percent of the world's opium, the raw material for heroin.

The seizure was carried out by members of a new Transitional Afghan Border Security Force and a "small contingent of coalition forces," the military said. The coalition is dominated by American troops, though the statement didn't specify their nationality.

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