Taliban Poppy Outlaw was Ineffective

Published: Wednesday, 07/25/2007 12:00 am EDT

This story repeats the same false information that has been widely circulated about the Taliban "making the poppy illegal under their rule" (Re: "Senlis Council Has 'Nothing to Hide'" July 18). A ban was proclaimed by the Taliban only in 2000; notwithstanding that ban the 2001 crop still produced some 1,000 tons of opium. Under the Taliban rule the 1999 crop, for instance, produced some 4,000 tons of opium, a level only surpassed in 2006 with a crop of some 6,000 tons. Some ban!

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