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On Visit to U.S., Afghan Leader Defends Opium Fight

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on Sunday rejected criticism of his efforts against opium poppy growers, saying the government had worked hard to eradicate poppy fields. He blamed Western countries for a lack of support. The criticism of him came in a State Department memorandum reported in The New York Times on Sunday. The memorandum attributed the lagging poppy eradication effort to a reluctance on the part of Mr. Karzai and others in the Kabul government to take on powerful warlords in Kandahar Province and elsewhere. Full Story

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