Uprooting Afghanistan's Poppies
Afghanistan planted enough opium poppies last year to blanket 20 Manhattans, supply about 90 percent of the world's demand, bankroll the Taliban and ensnare millions of addicts at home and abroad. That bumper crop came after the U.S. and its partners spent some $10 billion on counternarcotics efforts over the past decade. It also preceded this year's drawdown of combat forces. So expect this year's poppy yield to be even bigger.
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