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Afghanistan turmoil

Afghanistan's vast narcotics trade likely to continue under Taliban

With opium a major employer, ban could impoverish farmers and destabilize nation

A poppy field in the Afghan province of Jalalabad in 2014: Narcotics is the country's largest economic sector and provides a livelihood for many locals.   © Reuters

ISTANBUL -- Afghanistan's huge narcotics trade will likely continue under Taliban rule, experts say, despite promises by the group to ban the production and trafficking of illicit drugs.

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