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Opium cultivation up again in Afghanistan

Trend underscores security concerns

KABUL — For the third year in a row, opium cultivation has increased across Afghanistan, reversing earlier drops stemming from a decade-long international and Afghan government effort to combat the drug trade, according to a UN report released Monday.

The report’s findings raised concerns among international law enforcement officials that if the trend continued, opium would be the country’s major economic activity after the departure of foreign military forces in 2014, leading to the specter of what one official referred to as ‘‘the world’s first true narco-state.’’

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