Nearly a decade and a half after this photo showed a farmer harvesting his poppy field in Afghanistan, the opium trade thrives, with deep connections to the Afghan government. In fact, more opium was cultivated in 2014, the last year of the NATO combat mission, than in any other year since the United Nations began keeping records in 2002 — the year this photo was taken.
Nearly a decade and a half after this photo showed a farmer harvesting his poppy field in Afghanistan, the opium trade thrives, with deep connections to the Afghan government. In fact, more opium was cultivated in 2014, the last year of the NATO combat mission, than in any other year since the United Nations began keeping records in 2002 — the year this photo was taken. File photo The New York Times
Nearly a decade and a half after this photo showed a farmer harvesting his poppy field in Afghanistan, the opium trade thrives, with deep connections to the Afghan government. In fact, more opium was cultivated in 2014, the last year of the NATO combat mission, than in any other year since the United Nations began keeping records in 2002 — the year this photo was taken. File photo The New York Times

Opium trade thrives in Afghanistan, with government’s help

February 15, 2016 11:01 PM

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