The cultivation of the opium poppy, the base ingredient of the narcotic Heroin, was made illegal under the Taliban. Since the U.S. invasion in 2001, Afghanistan has had record-breaking production of the cash crop, and supplies about 90% of the world's consumption. Today, more land is used in Afghanistan to grow opium poppy, than Latin American land is used to grow coca.
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