Operation Headstrong

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Operation Headstrong
Date2003-2004 (with continued assistance thereafter)

Operation Headstrong (2003–2004) involved the training of Afghan commandos in a grouping called the Afghan Special Narcotics Force (ASNF) by British special forces, including the Special Air Service, to seek out and destroy drug laboratories and to confiscate drug shipments.[1][2] Britain later provided four helicopters for the ASNF's use.[3] British assistance to the ASNF amounted to £6.23 million in 2005-6, £9.4 million in 2006-7, and £32.5 million in 2007-8.[4]


  1. ^ Burnett, Victoria and Mark Huband. "UK trains Afghans in anti-drugs drive". Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  2. ^ Hayes, Geoffrey; Sedra, Mark (4 August 2009). Afghanistan: Transition under Threat. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. p. 61. ISBN 1554586984. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  3. ^ Owen, Johnathan (11 April 2010). "Afghan farmers reap cannabis harvest worth £61m". The Independent. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Hansard: Written Answer to Question - Afghanistan, drugs". Hansard. Hansard. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2018.