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The U.S. military is closing in on the end of its long war in Afghanistan, and Washington has spent $7.6 billion trying to reduce the production of poppy, the brilliantly blooming plant whose resin is made into heroin and other opioids.
The legacy thus far? Poppy cultivation was at an all-time high of 209,000 hectares last year, it grows in numerous parts of the country where it once did not, and U.S. officials blame Afghanistan’s government for failing to stop it.
Those are the key findings of a new report released Tuesday by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in comments included that the bump is disappointing, but that it is making progress in building Afghan institutions to the point that…