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Afghanistan public enemy number one - Karzai?

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1973240,00.html

excerpts:

“General Stanley McChrystal’s plan to reconquer the key Afghan city of Kandahar this summer could fail, influential diplomats, Afghan experts and tribal elders are warning, because of deep resentment against the local face of the Afghan government — President Hamid Karzai’s troublesome half brother Ahmed Wali Karzai.

…As a former NATO official with years of experience in Kandahar puts it, “You have essentially a criminal enterprise in the guise of government, using us [NATO forces] as its enforcing arm.” As a result, says this official, who asked not to be identified, “the people are turning to the Taliban as the only means of protection and outlet for their anger.”

…An international diplomat who deals with the Kandahar tribes says that if Wali Karzai is kept in place, the only way to stave off failure against the insurgency in southern Afghanistan would be to open high-level talks between senior Taliban and President Karzai. But even that is complicated by the President’s half brother, says this diplomat, who claims that a Pashtun elder from Quetta, Pakistan, where many of the Taliban leaders are said to be hiding, recently told the President that the insurgents are refusing to talk to Karzai unless he reins in his half brother."

by teru kuwayama at 2010-03-21 06:50:40 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→


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