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Afghan opium production is thriving

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In this picture taken on Thursday, April 17, 2014, an Afghan farmer works on a poppy field collecting the green bulbs swollen with raw opium, the main ingredient in heroin, in the Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. This year’s bumper crop represents one of the most tangible and visible failures of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, as the American-led military force prepares to withdraw by the end of this year. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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This year's bumper crop, after the U.S. has spent $7.5 billion trying to eradicate opium in Afghanistan, represents one of the most tangible and visible failures as the American-led military force prepares to withdraw by the end of this year. And with Afghanistan's emerging anti-narcotics forces vastly outnumbered both by Taliban brokers and corrupt officials involved in the trade, the opium trade likely will only grow. (AP)

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