Record Illegal Opium Production Reported In Afghanistan


The State Department says record illegal drug production in Afghanistan is supplying the Taliban insurgency with money and arms and is hampering progress toward a stable, economically independent democracy, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. believes that the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan must take direct, prompt action against poppy growers, says a State Department report.

Afghan farmers grew more poppies for opium in 2007 than ever before, the second year in a row of record production in the nation the U.S. invaded after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.


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