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Iraq urged to 'starve’ those profiting from rising drug trade

An apparent increase in drug trafficking into the country from both its eastern and western borders, with fallout from instability in Afghanistan and 'mafia' groups in Syria as well as use of illicit substances in Iraq, has raised concern.
Members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces pour gasoline over seized drugs before its incineration, Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, Oct. 29, 2013.

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — In early December, the directorate tasked with drug control in Iraq’s Maysan province in the southeastern part of the country along the Iranian border urged that more detention facilities be built as soon as possible due to a sharp rise in the number of drug-related arrests and the inability to house all those arrested.

The problem, however, seems to extend across the entire country.

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