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Nato has opened an alternate supply route to Afghanistan though Russia and Central Asia, after its convoys moving through Pakistan faced deadly attacks from the local Taliban.
The new supply route is crucial for re-supplying the 140,000 strong Nato mission in land-locked Afghanistan.
Previously, cargo was shipped to the Pakistani port of Karachi and then transported into Afghanistan.
KABUL -- A mystery disease infecting opium poppies in Afghanistan could cut this year's illicit crop by up to 70 percent, an Afghan official said Sunday, exceeding an estimate by the United Nations...
“Interestingly there is a natural disease that is infecting opium in five provinces,” said Daud Daud, the deputy interior minister for counter-narcotics.
“In some areas up to 70 percent of the crops have been destroyed,” he said
The report takes us to Uzbekistan, to a Soviet laboratory that was set up to conduct research into biological weapons. The laboratory was abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union but resumed operation with funding provided by US and British governments. It was in this laboratory that pleospora papaveracea, the fungus that affects opium poppies, was discovered, becoming the Soviet Union's first biological weapon.