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Afghanistan has been one of the world's leading producers of illegal opium. This is due partly, to the collapse of Afghanistan's economy. The collapse drew in farmers who needed to make a profit. With 80% of Afghanistan workers in the agricultural industry the impact was great. Historically, the Taliban restricted the production and sale of opium. Since they were toppled in 2001, there has been a resurgence of opium production. Governmental agencies have been trying to get a handle on the drug problembut have been unable to due to corruption at all levels. Not only are police involved in the production and sale of opium but the corruption is being felt in their Parliament as well.
Well, the main problem is that since the fall of the Taliban government, Afghanistan has become the supplier of 40% of the world's heroin. What's more, the Taliban, which once executed drug users and traffickers, now believes that trafficking in opium is acceptable to Islam as long as it is only sold to infidels. Twisted logic and very convenient, but then the money that is brought into the country by the drug trade is then used to purchase weapons to fight against the NATO coalition, making our job there more difficult.
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