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    Taliban benefits as Afghans' anti-drug efforts stall

    Afghan efforts to eradicate opium-yielding poppy crops that fuel the Taliban-led insurgency have stalled as a result of a lack of incentives and adequate security for farmers who may be inclined to cut ties with the Taliban, according to Afghan and Western officials.

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  • czar Antonio Maria Costa told NATO that militants in Afghanistan were storing thousands of tons of heroin and using the caches as "savings accounts" to finance the insurgency, according to a confidential 2009 U.S. cable leaked by the WikiLeaks website.

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