War Funds Include Drug Interdiction

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War Funds Include Drug Interdiction


Byline: Jerry Seper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration gets $9.2 million to combat Afghan drug warlords and the Colombian navy receives $13 million to buy drug-interdiction aircraft as part of the $94.5 billion House-passed emergency spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Our defense funds in the global war on terrorism are finally reflecting the post-Cold War reality that illicit drugs are now a major means of support for nearly half the foreign terrorist organizations," said Rep. Henry J. Hyde, Illinois Republican and chairman of the House International Relations Committee.

"The passage of the war supplement gives our DEA and our good friends in the Colombian navy additional tools to break these ties between narcotics and terrorist organizations," Mr. Hyde said.

The emergency spending bill, which passed Tuesday on a 351-67 vote, provides $65.8 billion for the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and $19.8 billion for Gulf Coast hurricane recovery. Avian flu preparedness efforts receive $2.3 billion, and border security receives $1.9 billion.

The Senate is expected to pass the measure today and send it to President Bush.

The additional $9.2 million for the DEA will allow the agency to continue to disrupt drug operations in Afghanistan, especially those that use the drug trade to finance terrorist organizations and attacks on coalition forces, Mr. …

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