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How the Taliban’s ‘war on drugs’ could backfire

By Lindsey Kennedy and Nathan Paul Southern

01 Feb 2023 · 12 min read

Editor's Note

The Taliban's claim to have eradicated drugs from Afghanistan rings hollow, Foreign Policy writes. Instead, a purported ban on heroin is actually enriching the regime while devastating poor farmers.

A mural warns of the dangers of heroin use in Kabul on Oct. 17, 2022. Lindsey Kennedy for Foreign Policy

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