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Afghan president sees 15-year fight against opium

Eradicating Afghanistan’s surging opium production and weaning poor farmers from growing the raw material for heroin will take at least 10 to 15 years, the country’s president said on Thursday. President Hamid Karzai said desperation after decades of war and poverty drove Afghan farmers to turn orchards and vineyards into fields of poppy, which now accounted for 30 percent of his country’s economy. Full Story

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