Afghanistan’s opium business strikes, while the Taliban look the other way

TALUKAN, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s opium industry – the main source of heroin sold in the West – is up and running again.

Here in the Talukan, dozens of merchants are openly trading different grades of opium in a busy new market that has emerged since the Taliban’s victory on 15 August. Plastic bags filled with viscous brown liquid are displayed next to metal bowls filled with a jelly-like substance as well as solid dark blocks of the narcotic. White banners praising the Islamic Emirates of the Taliban fly from all stores.


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