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Afghan minister resigns amid new poppy crop

Location: 
Kabul
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
USA Today
URL: 
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-07-08-afghan-poppy_N.htm

The opium economy: A world awash in heroin

Location: 
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
The Economist (UK)
URL: 
http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9409154

Afghanistan's opium battle will take years: govt

Location: 
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
TurkishPress.com (MI)
URL: 
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=182702

Deadly times for US as two wars collide

Location: 
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
The New Zealand Herald
URL: 
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=359&objectid=10445498

'US at fault for rising Afghan poppy crop'

Location: 
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
Times of India
URL: 
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/US_at_fault_for_rising_Afghan_poppy_crop/articleshow/2112128.cms

Kashmir declares war on poppy as violence ebbs

Location: 
Awantipura
India
Publication/Source: 
Gulf Times (Qatar)
URL: 
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=153785&version=1&template_id=40&parent_id=22

Everyone Profits at Helmand's Drug Bazaar--The poppy harvest is in and everyone from the Taliban to local government officials is cooperating to get the opium crop to market.

Location: 
HEL
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
ISN Security Watch
URL: 
http://www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=17699

Northern Province Says No to Opium

Location: 
BDS
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
URL: 
http://www.iwpr.net/?p=arr&s=f&o=336039&apc_state=henparr

Indian rebels turn to poppy for funds

Location: 
JH
India
Publication/Source: 
Daily Times (Pakistan)
URL: 
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C06%5C01%5Cstory_1-6-2007_pg4_18

Middle East: Opium Poppies Flower Again in Iraq

Ancient Iraq is the source of some of the earliest written accounts of opium poppy production. As far as 5,000 years back, the plant known to the ancient Sumerians as Hul Gil, the "joy plant," was cultivated in the fertile plains of Mesopotamia. Now, according to the London newspaper The Independent, opium production is once again underway in Iraq.

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the opium trader's wares (photo by Chronicle editor Phil Smith during September 2005 visit to Afghanistan)
Rice farmers along the Euphrates river west of Diwaniya have switched to opium poppies, the Independent reported, citing "two students from there and a source in Basra familiar with the Iraqi drug trade." The newspaper noted that the area, which is the scene of power struggles between rival Shiite militia groups and outside the effective control of the national government, is too dangerous for Western journalists to visit.

While concern has been rising since the US invasion in 2003 about Iraq's role as a conduit in the international drug trade, particularly the distribution of Afghan heroin smuggled through Iran, into Iraq, and thence to wealthy Middle Eastern and Western European markets, the apparent turn toward poppy cultivation in Diwaniya is a first.

The reported poppy planting comes amidst increasing, if largely unreported, conflict in southern Iraq between the Mehdi Army of firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Badr Organization, the armed wing of Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council. At least one source told The Independent that the current fighting in the south started over control of opium production, but has since spread into a general turf war.

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