Brother of Afghan president on CIA payroll for 8 years

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/world/asia/28intel.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.

    The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai’s home.

    The financial ties and close working relationship between the intelligence agency and Mr. Karzai raise significant questions about America’s war strategy, which is currently under review at the White House.

    The ties to Mr. Karzai have created deep divisions within the Obama administration. The critics say the ties complicate America’s increasingly tense relationship with President Hamid Karzai, who has struggled to build sustained popularity among Afghans and has long been portrayed by the Taliban as an American puppet. The C.I.A.’s practices also suggest that the United States is not doing everything in its power to stamp out the lucrative Afghan drug trade, a major source of revenue for the Taliban.

    More broadly, some American officials argue that the reliance on Ahmed Wali Karzai, the most powerful figure in a large area of southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgency is strongest, undermines the American push to develop an effective central government that can maintain law and order and eventually allow the United States to withdraw.

    “If we are going to conduct a population-centric strategy in Afghanistan, and we are perceived as backing thugs, then we are just undermining ourselves,” said Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the senior American military intelligence official in Afghanistan.

    Ahmed Wali Karzai said in an interview that he cooperated with American civilian and military officials, but did not engage in the drug trade and did not receive payments from the C.I.A.

    The relationship between Mr. Karzai and the C.I.A. is wide ranging, several American officials said. He helps the C.I.A. operate a paramilitary group, the Kandahar Strike Force, that is used for raids against suspected insurgents and terrorists. On at least one occasion, the strike force has been accused of mounting an unauthorized operation against an official of the Afghan government, the officials said. <more>
     
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    Karzai himelf was a Taliban member.

    End that stupid war now.
     
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    and we wonder why herion has made a come back.
     
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    Well, this information being released is now a death sentence for Karzi's brother, that's for certain :eek:

    I think it is terrible that this information has been released in to the public...things like this should stay secret, behind closed doors, don't ya think?
     
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    No surprises. It's common knowledge that Karzai himself worked for Rand Corp in California with Condi Rice (and co-authored a book with her) before he agreed to be our Afghan puppet.
     
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    What "COMEBACK?" It was never gone, just that there are 'popularity cycles' with all the mood altering things......


     
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    Blame Obama!!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrr!
     
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    Uh Duh! Their entire Government is on the CIA payroll. So is Pakistan's. Why are so many so surprised about this? Hmm?
     

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