Nightly News   |  February 12, 2010

NATO begins assault in southern Afghanistan

U.S., NATO and Afghan military forces launched a massive offensive designed to put a choke-hold on the Taliban's opium trade. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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>>> news about a massive offensive under way in afghanistan, designed to choke off hundreds of millions of dollars in opium money that flows to the taliban. up to 30,000 u.s., nato and afghan forces are flooding in the taliban strong holds in the helmand province to drive opium traffickers out. this is a big offensive and will get a lot of coverage in the days and weeks to come. 60%, as you may know, of the world's supply of opium comes from that region.

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