Afghanistan since the U.S. arrived

A recent report on drugs says Afghanistan now produces 93 percent of the world's opium poppy.

That's despite the $140 billion Congress has appropriated for Afghanistan since the Sept. 11 attacks that were the original reason given for U.S. involvement.

The Taliban have built a huge and profitable drug operation in Afghanistan while provincial governors look the other way, the latest grim sign of backsliding in a country the U.S. has spent six years and billions of dollars trying to salvage.

Just this week, the top U.S. intelligence official told Congress that President Hamid Karzai's government controls only 30 percent of the country.

[Excerpt of an article by Anne Gearan, The Associated Press]

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