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    World Focus: US flees the drugs battlefield
    Monday, October 21 @ 16:44:21 UTC
    CocaineBy Duncan Campbell, Oct. 22 2002, www.smh.com.au

    The Pentagon is scaling back its role in the "war on drugs" in what amounts to a tacit admission of failure in countering the narcotics trade. Senior military officials claim they must cut back drugs operations to concentrate on the "war on terrorism".

    Politicians are likely to oppose the move. The Pentagon has outlayed about $US1 billion ($1.8 billion) on drug-related operations for this financial year, out of a total federal counter-narcotics outlay of $19 billion.

    The Pentagon has a bigger anti-drug budget than the Coast Guard, Customs Service or the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, and accounts for a significant share of federal money spent to fight drugs abroad.

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