Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times
Abdul Rakani, with his daughter Narosa, 8, and son Nazar Ali, 11, complained to U.S. Marines that their fight with the Taliban had reduced his opium profits from $10,000 to $3,000. The poppy bulbs in his field had been scored only once or twice with a knife to coax out opium paste, rather than the three or four score marks for a full harvest. Rakani holds a yellow promissory note in his hands from the Marines who assessed the damage to his compound during the battle so that he could collect some money from the U.S. for the damage.
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