Brother of Afghan Leader Said to Be Paid by C.I.A.

Posted by Kendall Harmon

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.

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Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEconomyThe U.S. GovernmentPolitics in GeneralOffice of the PresidentPresident Barack ObamaWar in Afghanistan

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