As greater numbers of troops move around the globe, many have the opportunity to take rest and relaxation in some of the world’s most popular, but also most expensive, cities, including San Francisco and New York.
At the very time when many other farmers were going back to growing opium poppies, Nasir Ahmad made a contrarian business decision: He switched to growing saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Made from the crimson stigmas plucked and dried from a type of crocus flower, saffron can sell for more than $1,200 a pound, and doesn't come with the same headaches that growing opium does.
It’s an Islamic State fighter’s worst fear: to be killed by a woman. In northern Iraq, where Kurdish forces are rapidly regaining territory held by the Islamic State, that’s becoming real risk for the extremists.
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