Afghan Opium Output at Record High

Afghan Opium Output at Record High
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Local authorities and peacekeepers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force oversee the burning of 7 tons (6.3 metric tons) of narcotics in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 6, 2004.

A 2007 UNODC report says that the total potential value of Afghanistan's 2006 opium harvest is about three billion U.S. dollars.

Opium is mostly processed into heroin and smuggled out of Afghanistan to Europe and the Middle East, the Reuters news agency reported.

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—Photograph by Emilio Morenatti/AP
 
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