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    Afghanistan Transnational Issues - 2004
    http://www.immigration-usa.com/wfb2004/afghanistan/afghanistan_issues.html
    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Disputes - international:
      despite largely successful UN efforts at voluntary repatriation, thousands of Afghan refugees continue to reside in Iran and Pakistan; Pakistan has sent troops into remote tribal areas to control the border and stem organized terrorist and other illegal cross-border activites; regular meetings between Pakistani and coalition allies aim to resolve periodic claims of boundary encroachments; occasional conflicts over water-sharing arrangements with Amu Darya and Helmand River states

      Illicit drugs:
      world's largest producer of opium; cultivation of opium poppy - used to make heroin - expanded to 30,750 hectares in 2002, despite eradication; potential opium production of 1,278 metric tons; source of hashish; many narcotics-processing labs throughout the country; drug trade source of instability and some government groups profit from the trade; 80-90% of the heroin consumed in Europe comes from Afghan opium; vulnerable to narcotics money laundering through informal financial networks


      NOTE: The information regarding Afghanistan on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Afghanistan Transnational Issues 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Afghanistan Transnational Issues 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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