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Bitter-Sweet Harvest: Afghanistan's New War

A Marine patrols through a poppy field in Mian Poshteh, Helmand Province
Kate Holt/IRIN

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More than two years after the fall of the Taliban regime, as Afghanistan works to rebuild itself, poppy cultivation continues to prove a major obstacle in the country's quest for peace and stability. Experts in global counter-narcotics and political analysts warn of the fledgling Central Asian state again descending into lawlessness, with opium as the single largest element of the economy.

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