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article imageAfghanistan is looking at record amount of opium crops

By Paul Iddon     Apr 16, 2013 in World
Increasing for three years in a row Afghanistan's opium poppy crop is going to exceed record growth according to a new United Nations report.
According to the United Nations the boom of poppy cultivation is at its highest in the Taliban's heartland in the south of the country where troops of the United States-led coalition have withdrawn from. The report states that international efforts have proven futile in staving off the increasing growth of this drug. (CBS News, April 15 2013)
The increased production in this drug also implies that many Afghans are turning to such illicit markets in order to get by as the economy continues to shrink ahead of the scheduled withdrawal of foreign troops from the country by the end of next year.
Afghanistan is the largest opium producer on earth. This year it may provide 90% of the worlds supply of this drug. The sale of opium funds local warlords and criminal gangs across Afghanistan. (The Telegraph, April 15 2013)
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