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.
It seems as if there is no end in sight to the spate of deadly attacks occurring relentlessly in Afghanistan, killing scores and throwing lives in disarray. Is the new US strategy responsible for this spike in terror?
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.
Taliban attacks on checkpoints in the Afghan provinces of Kandahar and Farah have left dozens of security personnel dead. The night-time assaults coincide with a survey showing Afghans deeply worried about their safety.
New figures from the United Nations show a 43-percent increase in the production of opium in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Eradication rates have plummeted over the past year as a result of the Taliban insurgency.
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