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Letters Opium production in Afghanistan

Is the US or the Taliban responsible?

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1088
  1. Simon J Spedding, medical adviser
  1. 1Department of Veterans Affairs, 199 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
  1. Simon.spedding{at}

Working for a year in the Kabul children’s hospital in the 1970s gave me a perspective on Afghanistan that conflicts with the Foreign Office’s view that “the Taliban is promoting opium production to finance terrorism.”1

The simple …

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