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Afghanistan’s Opium Business Cranks Up as the Taliban Look the Other Way

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TALUKAN, Afghanistan—Afghanistan’s opium industry—the main source of heroin sold in the West—is revving back up.

Here in Talukan, dozens of merchants openly trade different grades of opium in a busy new market that has sprung up since the Taliban’s Aug. 15 victory. Plastic bags filled with viscous brown liquid are on display next to metal bowls filled with a jellylike substance as well as solid dark bricks of the narcotic. White banners praising the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate fly from every shop.

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