Opium crop grows near troop base

MORE than half the fields surrounding the main Australian base in Afghanistan are being used to grow opium poppies, as coalition forces struggle to ween locals off the lucrative crop.

Locals question why troops and police have failed to crack down on the semi-open sale of the poppies, according to the report of a respected non-governmental organisation.

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When the Taliban was in control,the opium trade was shut down. Possession or sale was a death-penalty crime. Now that the US is in control of some regions of Afghanistan, the opium poppies are flourishing and heroin once again pours into the streets of America.

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