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Huge Afghan opium harvest brings fears of new terrorism

Opium cultivation is spreading like a “cancer” in Afghanistan, a United Nations survey has found. Afghanistan produces three quarters of the world’s illicit opium – the raw material for heroin – and two thirds of all opiate users take drugs of Afghan origin, according to a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. The UN said yesterday that unless the problem was tackled the country could be over-run by violence, corruption and terrorism. High prices for opium had recruited more farmers, spreading poppy cultivation to 28 of Afghanistan’s 32 provinces, from 18 four years ago. Full Story

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