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Illicit Drugs Destroyed in Kabul - 2002-10-16


Afghan authorities have burned more than two-thousand-kilograms of hashish and opium, in an act they say symbolizes the government's opposition to narcotics.

Afghan Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Wardak set fire to the mountain of drugs today (Wednesday) in a field near Kabul Stadium.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has vowed to clamp down on production of narcotics, a lucrative cash crop for many Afghan farmers.

The Taleban imposed a strict ban on poppy cultivation in 2000 and backed it up with harsh punishments. But farmers began planting the crop again after the Taleban was driven from power late last year.

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