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    Rise in Afghanistan Opium Production Is No Surprise

    A new United Nations report found that opium production in Afghanistan increased 36 percent in 2013. This dramatic surge in production is confirming fears that Afghan farmers are taking their chances and joining the opium trade as they brace for the U.S. drawdown. According to the U.N. report, increases in … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Olson (R-TX) on Afghanistan Strategy & Karzai's Ability to Lead

    Last weekend, I headed to Afghanistan with some of my colleagues to view firsthand the conditions on the ground as a follow up to the new strategy outlined by President Obama. We met with our troops and senior military officials and, from my perspective there is a lot of positive … More