Newsbrief: Thais Get Drug War Help from US 6/20/03

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Even as the Thai government faces global criticism for its brutal spring crackdown on drugs this spring -- more than 2,000 people were killed, with Thai police the leading suspects -- the US DEA is stepping up cooperation with the Thai military, the Bangkok Post reported. The Thai Army's Task Force 399, set up with DEA help to combat drug trafficking, has set up a new unit in Chiang Mai to coordinate information flowing from the DEA, and the agency will also provide intelligence and anti-drug training for the task force and the entire Third Army, according to sources cited by the Post.

Now, just two weeks after demonstrations worldwide against the Thai government's murderous campaign (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/291.shtml#thaidemos), Gen. Surayad Chulanont, supreme commander of the Thai Army and creator of Task Force 399, will visit Washington, DC, to meet with Gen. Richard Meyers, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, to discuss further cooperation between the two countries in fighting the drug war.

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