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May 14, 2010 | McClatchy Newspapers
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Although it is just beginning, the U.S.-led effort to pacify the Taliban's spiritual capital in southern Afghanistan already appears to be faltering. Key military operations have been delayed until the fall, efforts to improve local government are having little effect and a Taliban assassination campaign has brought a sense of dread to Kandahar's dusty streets. NATO officials once spoke of demonstrating major progress by mid-August, but U.S. commanders now say the turning point may not be reached until November, and perhaps later.
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October 14, 2009 | By Trudy Rubin
Sometime this week, we may learn who the president of Afghanistan is. Or we may not. Imagine: As President Obama wrestles with whether to send more troops to fight the Afghan Taliban, it's still unclear whether the sitting president, Hamid Karzai, won the majority required to avoid a runoff. A five-man Election Complaints Commission charged with reviewing claims of massive ballot fraud has finished its work, but we're still waiting for its announcement. If the commission waits past this week, it may be too late to hold a second round before severe winter weather sets in. So the Karzai factor haunts Obama.
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November 4, 2009 | By Trudy Rubin
The reelection of President Hamid Karzai creates new headaches for the Obama administration. But it also presents opportunities to be seized. The August election was rigged; the dragged-out recount was a farce. A runoff scheduled for this Saturday was canceled after Karzai's opponent withdrew, saying the process was too corrupt. But Karzai's victory by default offers the Obama administration an opening to do something it should have done months ago: devise a strategy to prevent Karzai from wrecking any chance of stabilizing Afghanistan.
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July 29, 2011 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
His family begged him to leave. His son-in-law told him he was crazy to stay. But when I interviewed the feisty, gray-haired, Afghan American mayor of Kandahar, Ghulam Haider Hamidi, he brushed aside any idea of leaving. On Wednesday, Hamidi was killed by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his turban. His death, the latest in a string of assassinations of key Kandahar officials, deals a further blow to American efforts to stabilize southern Afghanistan. Indeed, Hamidi's life and death reflect the sad mismatch between America's efforts and reality there.
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July 13, 2011 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Ahmed Wali Karzai's life and death sum up perfectly the Afghan trap in which America is caught. When I interviewed him in his Kandahar home on a May morning, after being ushered in by armed guards, there was already a queue waiting to see him. His cellphone never stopped ringing, nor did his fingers ever stop moving his worry beads, as he sat, legs crossed and feet bare, on one of the plush couches that lined his receiving room. After all, he was the half-brother of President Hamid Karzai and the godfather of southern Afghanistan.
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July 13, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - For the Americans trying to pacify the south of Afghanistan, Ahmed Wali Karzai might prove even more troublesome in death than he was in life. The younger half-brother of President Hamid Karzai, shot dead in his Kandahar home Tuesday by a trusted family associate who was also a commander in the Afghan police force, was the principal power broker in Kandahar province, the ancestral home of the Karzai clan. His vast influence, rooted in his business and family connections, made him a seemingly indispensable Western ally in a long-volatile region considered pivotal to the success of the American-led military effort.
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July 14, 2011 | By Mirwais Khan and Solomon Moore, Associated Press
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai climbed into his slain half-brother's grave Wednesday and sobbed alongside the coffin, mourning the loss of the most powerful figure in southern Afghanistan before appointing another brother to take the man's place. Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of the Kandahar provincial council and the president's most powerful emissary in the south, was shot to death Tuesday by a trusted friend at his mansion. "My message for them [the Taliban]
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July 18, 2011 | By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Gunmen strapped with explosives killed a close adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a member of parliament on Sunday in another insurgent strike against the Afghan leader's inner circle. Jan Mohammed Khan was an adviser to Karzai on tribal issues and was close to the president, a fellow Pashtun. His killing, which the Taliban claimed responsibility for, came less than a week after the assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president's half brother and one of the most powerful men in southern Afghanistan.
NEWS
November 8, 2009
Elections can be messy. But in the end, sometimes even messy results must be accepted. Take the 2000 U.S. presidential contest, for example. Now, there's Afghanistan's apparently fraud-infested presidential race. The dubious results were nevertheless ratified Monday when plans for a runoff fell through after second-place finisher Abdullah Abdullah withdrew. Given those circumstances, President Obama had little choice other than to congratulate Afghan President Hamid Karzai on his victory.
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July 15, 2011 | By Mirwais Khan and Heidi Vogt, Associated Press
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A man hiding explosives in his turban blew himself up Thursday inside a mosque where Afghan officials were attending a memorial service for the president's assassinated half brother, killing five people. The attack in Kandahar city heightens fears that security in the volatile south will unravel with the death of Ahmed Wali Karzai, who was considered the region's most powerful man. The Sarra Jamai mosque had been filled with relatives and friends of Wali Karzai, two days after he was shot at close range by a confidant at his home.
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July 29, 2011 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
His family begged him to leave. His son-in-law told him he was crazy to stay. But when I interviewed the feisty, gray-haired, Afghan American mayor of Kandahar, Ghulam Haider Hamidi, he brushed aside any idea of leaving. On Wednesday, Hamidi was killed by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his turban. His death, the latest in a string of assassinations of key Kandahar officials, deals a further blow to American efforts to stabilize southern Afghanistan. Indeed, Hamidi's life and death reflect the sad mismatch between America's efforts and reality there.
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July 18, 2011 | By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Gunmen strapped with explosives killed a close adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a member of parliament on Sunday in another insurgent strike against the Afghan leader's inner circle. Jan Mohammed Khan was an adviser to Karzai on tribal issues and was close to the president, a fellow Pashtun. His killing, which the Taliban claimed responsibility for, came less than a week after the assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president's half brother and one of the most powerful men in southern Afghanistan.
NEWS
July 15, 2011 | By Mirwais Khan and Heidi Vogt, Associated Press
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A man hiding explosives in his turban blew himself up Thursday inside a mosque where Afghan officials were attending a memorial service for the president's assassinated half brother, killing five people. The attack in Kandahar city heightens fears that security in the volatile south will unravel with the death of Ahmed Wali Karzai, who was considered the region's most powerful man. The Sarra Jamai mosque had been filled with relatives and friends of Wali Karzai, two days after he was shot at close range by a confidant at his home.
NEWS
July 14, 2011 | By Mirwais Khan and Solomon Moore, Associated Press
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai climbed into his slain half-brother's grave Wednesday and sobbed alongside the coffin, mourning the loss of the most powerful figure in southern Afghanistan before appointing another brother to take the man's place. Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of the Kandahar provincial council and the president's most powerful emissary in the south, was shot to death Tuesday by a trusted friend at his mansion. "My message for them [the Taliban]
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July 13, 2011 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Ahmed Wali Karzai's life and death sum up perfectly the Afghan trap in which America is caught. When I interviewed him in his Kandahar home on a May morning, after being ushered in by armed guards, there was already a queue waiting to see him. His cellphone never stopped ringing, nor did his fingers ever stop moving his worry beads, as he sat, legs crossed and feet bare, on one of the plush couches that lined his receiving room. After all, he was the half-brother of President Hamid Karzai and the godfather of southern Afghanistan.
NEWS
July 13, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - For the Americans trying to pacify the south of Afghanistan, Ahmed Wali Karzai might prove even more troublesome in death than he was in life. The younger half-brother of President Hamid Karzai, shot dead in his Kandahar home Tuesday by a trusted family associate who was also a commander in the Afghan police force, was the principal power broker in Kandahar province, the ancestral home of the Karzai clan. His vast influence, rooted in his business and family connections, made him a seemingly indispensable Western ally in a long-volatile region considered pivotal to the success of the American-led military effort.
NEWS
May 19, 2011 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - As the war grinds toward its endgame, and administration officials debate how fast to draw down troops and whether to talk to the Taliban, I got a startling earful on both subjects - from one of Afghanistan's most powerful and controversial leaders, Ahmed Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai's younger brother. I interviewed AWK, as he is known, in his two-story office behind a guarded metal gate. The halls and stairways were crowded with turbaned petitioners seeking favors.
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May 14, 2010 | McClatchy Newspapers
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Although it is just beginning, the U.S.-led effort to pacify the Taliban's spiritual capital in southern Afghanistan already appears to be faltering. Key military operations have been delayed until the fall, efforts to improve local government are having little effect and a Taliban assassination campaign has brought a sense of dread to Kandahar's dusty streets. NATO officials once spoke of demonstrating major progress by mid-August, but U.S. commanders now say the turning point may not be reached until November, and perhaps later.
NEWS
November 8, 2009
Elections can be messy. But in the end, sometimes even messy results must be accepted. Take the 2000 U.S. presidential contest, for example. Now, there's Afghanistan's apparently fraud-infested presidential race. The dubious results were nevertheless ratified Monday when plans for a runoff fell through after second-place finisher Abdullah Abdullah withdrew. Given those circumstances, President Obama had little choice other than to congratulate Afghan President Hamid Karzai on his victory.
NEWS
November 4, 2009 | By Trudy Rubin
The reelection of President Hamid Karzai creates new headaches for the Obama administration. But it also presents opportunities to be seized. The August election was rigged; the dragged-out recount was a farce. A runoff scheduled for this Saturday was canceled after Karzai's opponent withdrew, saying the process was too corrupt. But Karzai's victory by default offers the Obama administration an opening to do something it should have done months ago: devise a strategy to prevent Karzai from wrecking any chance of stabilizing Afghanistan.
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