Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a new record level UN figures show. Over 200,000 hectares of land is being used to grow poppies, a third more than a year ago.
At least 16 Afghan police officers have been killed in friendly fire following a botched US airstrike over Helmand. Afghan forces have been waging deadly battles to retake the Taliban-held controlled province.
The Indian coast guard, apparently tipped-off by intelligence agencies, intercepted a drug-laden vessel off the Gujarat coast. The street value of the heroin is estimated at almost $550 million.
The Taliban are gaining strength in Afghanistan, as is evident from Monday's Kabul attack, but President Ghani seems to have other "pressing issues" at hand – for instance, thwarting a powerful opposition alliance.
Taliban militants have captured a district in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province. It was the second populated area to fall in a week after the launch of the insurgents' spring offensive.
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