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Afghanistan turmoil

Afghanistan poppy farmers reap possible last windfall after ban

Taliban allows harvest but vows strict enforcement, promises alternatives

An Afghan policeman destroys poppies during a previous campaign against narcotics in 2017.   © Reuters

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The Taliban's move to ban poppy cultivation this month has created a temporary windfall for Afghanistan's opium producers and sellers, though many fear incomes are about to dry up once the authorities get serious about enforcing the prohibition.

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