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Political Counselor M. Ashraf Haidari Visits CNPA Trainees at the DEA Academy

Political Counselor M. Ashraf Haidari visited the Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan Sensitive Interdiction Unit (CNPA-SIU) trainees at the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Academy in Quantico, Virginia on May 23. The Counselor welcomed the CNPA-SIU trainees to the US and encouraged them to take full advantage of the training provided to them. “As you know better, it is a handful of major drug traffickers that sustain the illicit drug industry in Afghanistan. If there were one key way to break the backbone of this cancerous network, it would be your firm commitment to a drug-free Afghanistan and using the excellent training you get here to accomplish that important mission,” Haidari told the trainees.  

Haidari expressed his gratitude to DEA Administrator Ms. Karen Tandy, Chief of Operations Mr. Michael Braun, and Chief of Law Enforcement Operations Mr. Thomas Harrigan, for their firm commitment to helping Afghanistan rebuild its law enforcement institutions. “Without DEA’s efforts and assistance such as this first-class law enforcement training, our counter-narcotics police could hardly take on the task of arresting and bringing to justice drug traffickers in Afghanistan. We highly appreciate the role DEA is playing to help us implement one of our key national priorities in counter-narcotics,” Haidari said.

In addition, Haidari held meetings with DEA Academy Director of International Training and the US and British trainers/mentors to discuss the law enforcement training provided to the Afghan SIU trainees. The group of 43 trainees is part of Afghanistan’s vetted elite counter-narcotics police, jointly managed by the Afghan Ministry of Interior and DEA.

Haidari was joined on the visit by Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control and Policy Mr. Robert Agresti.


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