The opium trade is alive and well in Afghanistan, despite the efforts of Western nations to control it — At least according to NPR. I’m not especially convinced that the United States is doing much to control opium, and I don’t think it wants to.
The amount of land under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is at a record high, released Wednesday.
Opium production in 2013, meanwhile, rose 49 percent over 2012, according to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey. The country is the world’s No. 1 poppy producer.
The report’s findings come as Western troops prepare to leave Afghanistan in 2014 more than a decade after they deposed the Taliban and attempted to bring stability to the country.