Flashback: Taliban to Blame for Heroin Epidemic? Try Rebel Poppy Farmers

US lawmakers, meanwhile, have been raising accusations that the Taliban and the heroin trade are entwined.

But according to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, it was only last year that saw poppy cultivation outlawed in Afghanistan – in areas under Taliban control. The fundamentalist militia made good on promises to wipe out the crop, according to the UN, despite the fact that it was a source of cash for the starving country.

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These days, a lot has changed – and it is now the US-backed rebels who shelter the poppy farmers.

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