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Another tangible non-benefit of the War On Terror has been the dramatic rise in opium in Afghanistan. 2006 brought a record 6,700 tons of it, or 92 per cent of the world 7,300 tons total production. Much of this production is helping heroine supplant other drugs, like cannabis, as the drug of choice.

The Bush Administration, for it's part, has been pressuring the Afghan government to curtail opium production; however, much of the production lies in the 50% of the country taken back by insurgents and Taliban forces since the Iraq War precipitated a drawing down of NATO forces.

We have been reporting for quite some time that NATO was letting Afghanistan slip through its fingers while the world obsessed with Iraq. Now we are seeing the fruit of that labor.

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