HUFFINGTON POST
03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Despite US Efforts, Afghanistan Opium Production At Record Levels

Afghanistan produced record levels of opium in 2007 for the second straight year, led by a staggering 45 percent increase in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand Province, according to a new United Nations survey to be released Monday.

The report is likely to touch off renewed debate about the United States' $600 million counternarcotics program in Afghanistan, which has been hampered by security challenges and endemic corruption within the Afghan government.

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