John Erickson

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Opium crop in Afghanistan heading for record levels

Afghanistan's opium crop is heading towards record levels a bleak forecast warns, as the country risks becoming a narcostate despite hundreds of millions of pounds spent to combat the drug trade.<p>The United Nations' early assessment of the 2013 crop found farmers were planning to plant more poppy …

Afghan children 'killed by Nato air strike in Shigal'

<b>Eleven children have been killed in a Nato air strike in eastern Afghanistan, officials and witnesses say.</b><p>At least one woman was reportedly killed and a further six are believed to have been injured in the incident in Shigal district, Kunar province.<p>Nato confirmed that "fire support" was used in …

Taliban Have Second Thoughts About Fighting in Afghanistan

As the spring weather warms and the snow melts off the high mountain passes separating Pakistan and Afghanistan, hundreds of Taliban fighters who …