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Afghan opium crop may match record

Afghan farmers now planting opium poppies will probably reap a harvest comparable to this year’s record crop, in part because insurgents control wide swaths of the south, preventing effective counter-narcotics work, officials said Thursday. Planting is under way in southern regions responsible for the bulk of the estimated 6,100 tons of Afghan opium produced in the 2005-06 growing season. Anti-drug officials say that despite anti-cultivation campaigns, they foresee little improvement by harvest time next spring. Full Story

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