|Chart of Poppy Production 1994 to 2007.|
Here are the facts; you can make up your own mind. But it's hard for me to believe how a rag tag group of terrorists being pursed and bombed everyday by over 120 thousand US and Nato forces can pull off such a huge enterprise, that requires a high degree of organization, logistics and manpower to first plant, then harvest and then market the product. If you can figure it out please let me know, I would love to hear about it.
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (February 15, 2001 8:19 p.m. EST
U.N. drug control officers said the Taliban religious militia has nearly wiped out opium production in Afghanistan -- once the world's largest producer -- since banning poppy cultivation last summer.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Date: 5 October 2003
Opium production spreading in Afghanistan
amid weak oversight, economy