Nov 14, 2013 — Opium poppy cultivation has hit a record level, according to a new U.N. report. Western countries have been trying to eradicate the poppies for years. Yet it remains the single largest economic sector in places like the southern province of Helmand.
Nov 13, 2013 — The U.N.'s 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey also said production in 2013 rose 49 percent over 2012 levels. The increased production comes as international troops prepare to withdraw from the country in 2014.