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Washington, Kabul Losing War on Drugs in Afghanistan - US State Department

© AP Photo / Rahmat GulAn Afghan boy walks through a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan boy walks through a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan - Sputnik International
As drug production appears to be flourishing in Afghanistan, State Department admitted that the US is losing the ongoing war on drugs in the country.

In this photograph taken on April 27, 2015, Afghan farmers harvest opium sap from a poppy field in Panjwai District of Kandahar province - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States and the Afghan government are losing the war on drugs in Afghanistan, the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) from the US Department of State admitted.

"The cultivation, production, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs flourish in Afghanistan," the report, which was released and submitted to the US Congress on Wednesday, said.

A symbiotic relationship exists between the insurgency in Afghanistan and organized narcotics trafficking, the State Department observed.

"2015 saw a resurgence of the security challenges seen in earlier periods of the insurgency, and the intensity of active battles undermined progress toward the Afghan government’s drug control goals," the report acknowledged.

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The State Department explained that drug traffickers provide weapons and funding to the Afghan insurgency in exchange for the protection of drug trade routes, cultivation fields, laboratories and trafficking organizations.

The Taliban generates revenue by taxing drugs trafficked through areas they control, the State Department noted.

Afghanistan has one of the highest substance abuse rates in the world with an estimated 3 million people being addicted, or 11 percent of the population, it added.

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