Sunday, July 17, 2011

Karzai brother assassin 'close US ally'

Afghans attend the burial ceremony of Ahmad Wali Karzai in Kandahar on July 13, 2011.

Source: Press TV

The bodyguard who assassinated of the Afghan president's half-brother had worked closely with US Special Forces and the CIA before being recruited by the Taliban.

According to The Washington Post, Sardar Mohammad who shot Ahmad Wali Karzai at his home in Kandahar, also attended regular meetings with British officials.

He had two brothers-in-law serving in a CIA-run paramilitary unit in Kandahar as well.

"If there was something Sardar could do that the Americans couldn't, they would ask him to do it," Abdul Malik, the brother in-law of the killer, said.

"If American forces were suspicious of someone, they were asking Sardar to make the arrest."

Yet, evidence is emerging that the Taliban recruited Mohammad by infiltrating the Afghan government's security apparatus.

Mohammad was reportedly so close to Ahmad Wali Karzai that they met six days a week. The Afghan president's half-brother was shot dead last Tuesday.

The high-profile killing has left a political vacuum in the country's troubled south, a hotbed of militancy and a launchpad for attacks on American forces in Afghanistan.

Civilian and foreign casualties are at record levels despite the presence of around 150,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan.

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