Narcotics trade threatens Afghan improvement

Posted: June 11, 2014 at 5:18 a.m.

John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction, told lawmakers Tuesday that the possibility of Afghanistan becoming “a narco-criminal state” cannot be ruled out.

Afghans are growing more opium poppies than ever before, and it's threatening to wipe out gains made in improving health, education and governance in the country, the U.S. watchdog for spending in Afghanistan said Tuesday.

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