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Rushed US exit from Afghanistan will reward Taliban drug barons

Extracts from locally occurring plant now being used to produce crystal meth

| South Asia
Black smoke billows after an explosion outside the provincial police headquarters in Kandahar in July 2019: Taliban fighters are advancing ever closer to Kabul.   © AP

Andrew North has reported widely from across the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia. He is a regular commentator on Asian affairs.

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