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August 22nd, 2002
Bitter Harvest
Data: Opium, History, and Afghanistan
1979Soviet Union invades Afghanistan. Mujahaddin cultivate opium to buy weapons.
1989Afghanistan produces 35 percent of the world’s opium.
1999Afghanistan becomes the world’s largest producer of opium.
2000The Taliban outlaw opium poppy cultivation.
2001During U.S. attacks on Afghanistan, farmers start planting opium poppies.
2002The Afghan Interim Administration issues a ban on opium poppy cultivation.

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