Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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Will They, Won’t They? What do we know about the coming opium poppy season and what both farmers and the Taliban will do? 

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Alcis, 31 October 2022

A look at the Taleban leadership’s “hasty decision” to ban of all drugs in the middle of the opium harvest, how it had to be mitigated, and the more seriously implemented crack-down of the often underrated ephedra plant harvest and processing. On poppy, author David Mansfield says, there are signs that the Taleban will be more serious before the new planting season which is still in full swing in November-December 2022 in the main growing areas – so the jury can only be out after that’s over.