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Opium Fields and Illegal Drug Trade Continue at US Intelligence Agencies - CIA
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The cultivation of what we know today as the opium poppy goes back to the beginnings of recorded history, when the Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia cultivated what they referred to as Hul Gil, or the 'joy plant.' The practice was passed down through the Assyrians to the Babylonians and from there to the Egyptians, by which time the opium trade had begun to to fluorish and was fast becoming the lynchpin of international trade across the Mediterranean into Europe. Indeed, as far back as one cares to go, control of the international opium trade has been a key factor in the rise and fall of empires.

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