Thursday, October 12, 2006

Canadian troops fighting... marijuana (and it's not what you think!)

This entry comes courtesy of Alana (thanks babe!).

It seems that Canadian troops have something else they have to worry about in Afghanistan: marijuana. It's not a substance abuse problem, though. It is forests of marijuana with plants 10 feet high.

It turns out that the plants absorb energy quite well, so the Taliban are using them to hide from thermal imaging. Right now they are so full of water that the resist burning, from white phosphorous and from diesel. At one point they did manage to burn some outlying plants, but some troops downwind suffered... "ill effects".

The whole story is here:

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