*Part 2 is coming later this week* | Helmand Province, Afghanistan - Marines from 2/9 Echo conduct a search and seizure raid on a known Taliban opium factory in early 2013. As the helicopters come back in to complete the extraction, Taliban fighters open fire. The vast majority of Opium profits are used to fund Taliban operations, and "Fighting Season" normally begins about a week after the harvest is complete and the Taliban can afford more equipment. The blue bags were filled with Calcium used in the refining process of the opium.
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Read more about Opium in Afghanistan - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_production_in_Afghanistan
Click here to watch the compilation video for 2/9 Echo's tour - http://youtube.com/watch?v=HZZJykcYXDQ
This footage is part of an ongoing documentary of the war in Afghanistan through raw combat footage.
Read more about the war here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Afghanistan