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Heroin Warfare And The Coldest War
Season 1 Episode 11 SBS VICELAND March 19, 2017

Since the US occupation of Afghanistan, heroin production in the region has skyrocketed, making the country the number-one producer in the world by a large margin. Suroosh Alvi takes a rare look inside neighbouring Iran to meet the suffering heroin addicts, and to see how the country is coping with the illegal drug trade. With the polar ice caps shrinking due to global warming, new trade routes are being exposed, along with billions of dollars' worth of natural-resource reserves. This is prime real estate and the five nations bordering the Arctic are readying themselves to fight for it. David Choe heads north to witness NATO forces participating in the largest polar military exercise in history. The problem is that there's one non-NATO country that already considers itself rightful owner of the region: Russia.

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