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Fighting against Taliban forces.

PAUL Ingleby was part of the commando unit which seized pounds 50m worth of raw opium from the Taliban.

Operation Diesel was a raid by 500 British troops from the Royal Marines 45 Commando, 42 Commando, and the 3 Commando Brigade's Reconnaissance Force.

In a dramatic airborne assault, a string of secret drugs laboratories and bomb factories were overthrown in one of the largest operations of recent years.

The operation began with an airlift of troops, dropped by waves of British and American helicopters in the space of a few minutes barely 800 yards from enemy positions. The target area was Upper Sangin Valley in Helmand province, Afghanistan, which was hit on February 7 this year.

The raid captured four drug factories and the opium haul, used in the manufacture of heroin, was later destroyed.

Twenty Taliban fighters defending the drugs were killed. No British soldiers died in the assault.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2009
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