Corruption in the Karzai government undermines Afghanistan mission

Curb Corruption or Lose the War


While I was in Afghanistan last year to help monitor the presidential elections, I heard that important Afghans had been taking advantage of their association with the CIA to engage in corruption, thus undermining the counterinsurgency effort. Among those alleged to be involved in corruption were the president's brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, head of the Kandahar Provincial Council. He also was rumored to have received agency money for supplying gunmen against the Taliban.

Comment: Nation building in Afghanistan won't work if the government is corrupt

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