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Allies at odds over how to fight Afghan drugs boom

Britain and the United States are at odds over how to deal with the massive growth in the cultivation of opium poppies in Afghanistan. Poppy growing areas in the country doubled between 2002 and 2003 to a level 36 times higher than under Taliban rule, according to figures released by the US last week. But European intelligence sources and independent experts say that Washington, while publicly expressing concern, in practice is turning a blind eye to the opium crop because it needs the support of the warlords, including those in the north of the country who control the bulk of the poppy harvest. Full Story

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