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U.S. Efforts Fail To Curtail Trade In Afghan Opium

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Afghan policemen destroy an opium poppy field in Alingar, Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Afghan policemen destroy an opium poppy field in Alingar, Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan — For years, American officials have struggled to curb Afghanistan’s opium industry, rewriting strategy every few seasons and pouring in more than $6 billion over the past decade to combat the poppies that help finance the insurgency and fuel corruption.

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